Author Topic: protocatechualdehyde methylation with KOH/CH2I2  (Read 7504 times)

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protocatechualdehyde methylation with KOH/CH2I2
« on: September 19, 2004, 08:27:00 AM »

any detailed info about that interesting thing?


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'Die Ausbeute war eine sehr geringe'
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2004, 10:28:00 PM »
thank you Rhodium; i found it:

When Fittig and Remsen first methylenated a catechol (3,4-dihydroxybenzoic acid), by heating it with methylene iodide and potassium hydroxide, they remarked 'Die Ausbeute war eine sehr geringe'.



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I checked the documents mentioned above, ...
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2004, 06:36:00 AM »
I checked the documents mentioned above, especially:

....A solution of 110 g of catechol, 120 ml of 50% aqueous sodium hydroxide and 200 ml of DMSO was heated to 98°C and stirred at that temperature for 30 minutes. This solution at 98°C. was added over a 30 minute period to a refluxing solution of 120 ml of methylene dichloride in 300 ml of DMSO. Thereafter, the reaction mixture was stirred at reflux for 1.5 hours....

No inert gas is mentioned, not needed?
And how can someone add a solution at 98°C to another, technically, practically?
Any ideas?