Conversion of Alkyl Halides into the Corresponding Alcohols Under Mild Reaction Conditions
31 December 2000 (online)
Reaction of primary, cyclopentyl, allyl and arylmethyl halides, but not an acyclic secondary halide or a tertiary halide, in acetone or tetrahydrofuran with the formate form of a commercial anion-exchange resin gave formate esters in good yields. The formates were hydrolysed efficiently to the corresponding alcohols by a brief treatment with hydrochloric acid. Reaction of primary alkyl bromides or iodides, secondary alkyl bromides, cinnamyl and arylmethyl halides in tetrahydropyran or 1,4-dioxane with the bicarbonate form of the same anion-exchange resin gave the corresponding alcohols directly in good yields. This latter reaction can be carried out successfully in the presence of ester or amide groups.
polymer-supported bicarbonate - polymer-supported formate - hydrolysis