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A new reagent for the Odorless Deprotection of Aromatic Methyl Ethers.

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

A new reagent for the deprotection of aromatic methyl ethers, 2-(diethylamino)ethanethiol, is reported. This compound, commercially available as its HCl salt, affords the corresponding phenols in good to excellent yields on a wide variety of substrates. A clear advantage of this method over the use of more common thiols, such as ethanethiol, is the easy extraction of both the deprotecting reagent and the byproduct 2-(diethylamino)ethyl methyl sulfide into the aqueous phase by quenching with dilute acid, which allows an essentially odorless workup.