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Abstract Volume 19 (2014) pp 287-288

A “One-Pot” Synthesis of Blattellaquinone

Brian E. Love* and Brian C. Duffy

Department of Chemistry, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858,
Received July 8, 2014. Accepted August 21, 2014.

Published: 26 September 2014

Abstract. An experimental protocol is described that allows preparation of blattellaquinone in higher yield and purity than those obtained by a procedure previously published. A variation on this protocol allows the target molecule to be prepared in a single lab session. Advanced topics that could be addressed by further investigation of this experiment have also been noted.

Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; organic chemistry; synthesis; oxidation

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Supporting Materials:

The following are contained in supporting materials: 1) Experimental procedure for oxidation of 2,5-dimethoxybenzyl isovalerate. 2) Experimental procedure for one pot synthesis of blattellaquinone. 3) 1H NMR spectrum of blattellaquinone 6. 4) Expanded aromatic region of 1H NMR spectrum of blattellaquinone 6. 5) 13C NMR spectrum of blattellaquinone 6. 6) 1H NMR spectrum of blattellaquinone 6 prepared via one pot procedure. 7) 1H NMR spectrum of diquinone 7. 8) 13C NMR spectrum of diquinone 7. (33 KB).

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