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The (±)-1-(4-Methoxyphenyl)ethyl ester as a carboxyl protecting group

Authors
Journal
Tetrahedron Letters
0040-4039
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
35
Issue
11
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0040-4039(94)88310-6

Abstract

Abstract Unhindered carboxylic acids were converted to their (±)-1-(4-methoxyphenyl)ethyl (Mpe) esters in good yields by condensation with (±)-1-(4-methoxyphenyl)ethanol under mild conditions. The Mpe esters were rapidly and quantitatively cleavable by either 1% TFA in CH 2Cl 2 or 10% DCA in CH 2Cl 2, conditions which leave Boc, t-butyl ester and ether intact. An Mpe ester was removed by hydrogenolysis much more slowly than the analogous benzyl ester.

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