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A12387 Benzyl 2,2,2-trichloroacetimidate, 98%

CAS Number
2,2,2-Trichloroacetimidic acid benzyl ester

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A12387-06 5g 28.40
A12387-14 25g 91.60
A12387-18 50g 171.00
A12387-30 250g 712.00
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Benzyl 2,2,2-trichloroacetimidate, 98%


Chemical Properties

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Storage & Sensitivity
Keep Cold. Moisture Sensitive. Store under Nitrogen.
Miscible with cyclohexane/dichloromethane.


Benzyl 2,2,2-trichloroacetimidate is used for the acid-catalyzed benzylation of hydroxy groups. It acts as reagent during the synthesis of funiculosin dimethyl ether and (S)-3-(benzyloxy)-2-methylpropanal. It can also be used for mild esterification of carboxylic acids in the presence of a catalytic amount of BF3 etherate.


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

Literature References

Mild, selective benzylating agent. Formation of benzyl ethers from alcohols at room temperature is catalyzed by triflic acid; isopropylidene and benzylidene protecting groups are unaffected: J. Chem. Soc., Perkin 1., 2247 (1985). TMS triflate has also been recommended as a catalyst, avoiding racemization of sensitive substrates: Tetrahedron, 43, 1619 (1993). For use in the preparation of benzyl ethers of ß-hydroxy esters, see: Synthesis, 568 (1987).

The reagent can also be used for mild esterification of carboxylic acids in the presence of a catalytic amount of BF3 etherate: Synthesis, 168 (1997). For conversion of N-Boc groups to N-Cbz, catalyzed by triflic acid, see: J. Org. Chem., 55, 5170 (1990). See also Appendix 6.

Chen, T.; Altmann, K. H. Directed Hydrogenations and an Ireland-Claisen Rearrangement Linked to Evans-Tishchenko Chemistry: The Highly Efficient Total Synthesis of the Marine Cyclodepsipeptide Doliculide. Chem. Eur. J 2015, 21 (23), 8403-8407.

Miller, D. C.; Carbain, B.; Beale, G. S.; Alhasan, S. F.; Reeves, H. L.; Baisch, U.; Newell, D. R.; Golding, B. T.; Griffin, R. J. Regioselective sulfamoylation at low temperature enables concise syntheses of putative small molecule inhibitors of sulfatases. Org. Biomol. Chem. 2015, 13 (18), 5279-5284 .

GHS Hazard and Precautionary Statements

Hazard Statements: H315-H319-H335

Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.

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

Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray. Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. IF ON SKIN: Wash with plenty of soap and water. IF INHALED: Remove to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing. IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing. Call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician if you feel unwell. If skin irritation occurs: Get medical advice/attention. If eye irritation persists: Take off contaminated clothing and wash before reuse. Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant

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