Sunday, March 30, 2008

sacrificing ester

The idea of sacrificing ester.
NaH or KH usually contains some NaOH/KOH which will hydrolyze esters.
Trace of water can also react with KH/NaH to form NaOH/KOH.

a non enoliazable ester can be used to remove the metal hydroxide.
methylbenzoate works fine.

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