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1,2-Cyclohexanedione is utilized as a substrate to study enzyme cyclohexane-1,2-dione hydrolase, which is a new tool to degrade alicyclic compounds. It also acts as a specific reagent for arginine residues.
Protection of trans-1,2-diols as cyclic diacetals has been accomplished by Ley's group using the diketone in combination with trimethyl orthoformate and camphorsulfonic acid. The method is particularly applicable to the carbohydrate field: Synlett, 793 (1996):
See also Org. Synth., 75, 170 (1997), for an alternative method.
Undergoes copper-catalyzed oxidative cleavage to give 2-halo diacids: Synthesis, 917 (1992):
Kawade, M.; Saha, A.; Upadhyaya, H. P.; Kumar, A.; Naik, P. D. Photodissociation Dynamics of Enolic 1,2-Cyclohexanedione at 266, 248, and 193 nm: Mechanism and Nascent State Product Distribution of OH. J. Phys. Chem. A. 2013, 117 (12), 2415-2426.
Pejlovas, A. M.; Barfield, M.; Kukolich. S. G. Microwave spectrum and molecular structure parameters for the 1,2-cyclohexanedione (monoenolic)-formic acid dimer. Chem. Phys. Lett. 2013, 613, 86-89.
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