Synthesis 1996; 1996(11): 1359-1362
DOI: 10.1055/s-1996-4395
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Conversion of Alkyl Halides into the Corresponding Alcohols Under Mild Reaction Conditions

Clare L. Ruddick, Philip Hodge* , Mark P. Houghton
  • *Chemistry Department, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
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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.