In the course of searching for monomers for larger macromolecular structures, we attempted the bis-O-alkylation of methyl 3,5-dihydroxy benzoate (1) with (bromomethyl)cyclohexane (2). To our knowledge, no literature procedures have been published on the preparation of ethers by alkylation of a phenol substrate with (bromomethyl)cyclohexane. We were surprised to find that the mono-O-alkylated product was predominantly obtained in this reaction. This finding is in contrast with those reported for alkylations, utilizing benzyl bromide where bis-O-alkylation is the predominant reaction (Yan et al. 2011). Herein we report a convenient synthesis of the bis-alkylated product 3 in good yield.

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