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A12265 15-Crown-5, 98%

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A12265-03 1g 15.90
A12265-06 5g 46.80
A12265-14 25g 150.00
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15-Crown-5, 98%


Chemical Properties

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Storage & Sensitivity
Hygroscopic. Ambient temperatures.
Miscible with organic solvents.


15-Crown-5 is used as an efficient phase transfer catalyst and as a complexing agent. It is used to isolate oxonium ion (H7O3)+ salts especially from a solution of tetrchloroauric acid. It catalyzes the O-alkylation of the sodium salts of carboxylic acids in the penicillin and cephalosporin series, thereby facilitating esterification reaction without usage of acid. It is also used to facilitate the Williamson synthesis of ethers with hindered alcohols and sodium hydride. It is used with lithium aluminum hydride, for performing reduction reactions in hydrocarbon solvents. Further, it is involved in the Horner-Wadsworth-Emmons reaction to prepare stilbenes from aldehydes.


Hygroscopic. Moisture sensitive. Incompatible with strong oxidizing agents and strong acids.

Literature References

Crown ether (see Appendix 2) especially suited to complexing sodium ions. Thus, catalyzes the O-alkylation of the Na salts of carboxylic acids in the penicillin and cephalosporin series, providing a method for esterification without exposure to acid: Synthesis, 52, (1986).

Greatly facilitates the Williamson synthesis of ethers with hindered alcohols and NaH: Tetrahedron Lett., 38, 4679 (1997). Promotes the cleavage of unsymmetrical ethers by Sodium iodide, A15480, in the opposite sense to BBr3, i.e. by nucleophilic displacement from the less substituted carbon atom: Tetrahedron Lett., 22, 4239 (1981).

Greatly increases the reactivity of phosphonate anions generated by reaction with NaH in the Horner-Wadsworth-Emmons reaction. Thus, has been used in a high-yield synthesis of stilbenes from aldehydes and Diethyl­ benzyl­phosphonate, A10645: Synthesis, 117 (1981).

Use in combination with Lithium aluminum hydride, A18116, enables reductions to be carried out in hydrocarbon solvents: J. Chem. Soc., Chem. Commun., 1234 (1985).

Kuo, T. Y.; Tseng, W. H.; Chen, C. H. Force Spectroscopy of Metal-Crown Ether Multivalency: Effect of Local Environments on Energy Landscape and Sensing Kinetics. J. Phys. Chem. A 2015, 119 (29), 8097-8105.

GHS Hazard and Precautionary Statements

Hazard Statements: H302-H315-H319-H332

Harmful if swallowed. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. Harmful if inhaled.

Precautionary Statements: P261-P264b-P270-P271-P280-P301+P312-P302+P352-P304+P340-P305+P351+P338-P312-P330-P332+P313-P337+P313-P362-P501c

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