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2,6-Dimethyl-p-benzoquinone is used as organic intermediates.
T.N. Misra and Paras N. Prasad. Phonon spectroscopy of photochemical reactions in organic solids: Photodimerization of 2,6-dimethyl-p-benzoquinone. Chemical Physics Letters.1982, 85, 381-386.
Reacts preferentially with Grignard reagents at the less hindered carbonyl group, but with alkyllithiums at the more hindered site: J. Org. Chem., 46, 3369 (1981).
Diels-Alder dienophile in synthesis of taxane AB ring system: Tetrahedron Lett., 33, 1443 (1992). The regioselectivity of Diels Alder reactions has been controlled by the use of ß-cyclodextrin: J. Chem. Soc., Chem. Commun., 971 (1995):
Gefahrenhinweise (EU): H301-H332-H315-H319-H335
Toxic if swallowed. Harmful if inhaled. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.
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