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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2013, Article ID 183049, 10 pages
Review Article

Diarylmethyl Ethers for the Protection of Polyols

Department of Natural Resource Sciences, University of Akureyri, 600 Akureyri, Iceland

Received 13 June 2012; Accepted 2 August 2012

Academic Editor: Christophe Len

Copyright © 2013 Sigthor Petursson. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The paper discusses the use of diarylmethyl ethers for the protection of hydroxyl groups, in particular, carbohydrate hydroxyl groups. The formation of these ethers can be done nonselectively by the thermal reactions of diryldiazomethanes via a carbene mechanism or by tin(II) halide catalysis of the diazo compounds with diols. The catalyzed reactions give useful regioselectivities.