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Triethyl orthoacetate is used as pharmaceutical and water scavenger. It is also used in organic synthesis to introduce the acetate group into an alcohol. It is involved in the Johnson-Claisen rearrangement.
Reagent for facile esterification of sulfonic and carboxylic acids: Tetrahedron Lett., 34, 7355 (1993).
The products with allylic alcohols undergo Claisen allyl ether rearrangement, with addition of a 2-carbon unit and repositioning of the double bond: J. Am. Chem. Soc., 92, 741 (1970); Tetrahedron Lett., 21, 1285 (1980):
For further examples, see: Org. Synth. Coll., 6, 584 (1988); 7, 164 (1990).
Reaction with BF3 etherate gives the moderately stable selective alkylating agent, methyl diethoxycarbenium tetrafluoroborate: Synth. Commun., 19, 2307 (1989). Compare Triethyl orthoformate, A13587.
Under mild acid catalysis, reacts with ethynyl alcohols to give allenic esters, which can be conjugated over alumina. For examples, see: Org. Synth. Coll., 8, 251 (1993):
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Shawali, A. S.; Sami, A. Annulated 3-Amino-4-Imino-Pyrimidines: Their Utility as Useful Precursors for the Synthesis of Fused Heterocycles. Curr. Org. Synth. 2015, 12 (4), 391-430.
Hazard Statements: H226-H315-H319-H335
Flammable liquid and vapour. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.
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