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Abstract Volume 12 Issue 2 (2007) pp 75-76

Molecular Iodine-Catalyzed Deprotection of Acetals and Ketals in Acetone

Bimal K. Banik* and Ramon Garza

Department of Chemistry, The University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg, Texas 78541,
Received May 24, 2006. Accepted February 24, 2007.

Published online: 1 April 2007

Abstract. A facile and remarkably simple molecular iodine-catalyzed deprotection method for various acetals and ketals in acetone is developed in high yield at room temperature. This method is suitable for undergraduates working in the research laboratory.

Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; organic chemistry; synthesis

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Issue date: April 1, 2007

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