A combination of pentafluorophenylboronic acid and oxalic acid catalyses the dehydrative substitution of benzylic alcohols with a second alcohol to form new C‐O bonds. This method has been applied to the intermolecular substitution of benzylic alcohols to form symmetrical ethers, intramolecular cyclisations of diols to form aryl‐substituted tetrahydrofuran and tetrahydropyran derivatives, and intermolecular crossed‐etherification reactions between two different alcohols. Mechanistic control experiments have identified a potential catalytic intermediate formed between the arylboronic acid and oxalic acid.
- boronic acids
- homogeneous catalysis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Organic Chemistry
Estopina-Duran, S., Donnelly, L., Mclean, E., Hockin, B., Slawin, A. M. Z., & Taylor, J. (2019). Aryl Boronic Acid Catalysed Dehydrative Substitution of Benzylic Alcohols for C−O Bond Formation. Chemistry - A European Journal, 25(15), 3950-3956. https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.201806057