Polymer and Materials Science
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Bis-(2,4-dinitrophenyl)glycols are stable in the presence of triethylamine but undergo ethanolysis in the presence of hydroxide ions. The quantitative removal of the DNP blocking group allows an integrated scheme to pure glycols from commercially available polyethylene glycol mixturesMixtures of ethylene glycol oligomers are obtained by anionic polymerization of ethylene oxide. See, for example, G. O. Curme and F. Johnston, Glycols, Reinhold, New York, 1953. They are commercially available (as PEG-200, PEG-400, etc., to indicate the average molecular weight of the major components). by bis-dinitrophenylation, chromatographic separation, and end-group removal, using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) of the bis-(2,4-dinitrophenyl)glycols for purity monitoring. A facile synthetic method for the production of penta-to dodecaglycols in a mixed, aqueous, dioxane solvent system, with fair yields, is also described. The bis-(2,4-dintrophenyl) protection of glycols is a reversible reaction that can be used as (1) a preparative method for pure glycols from readily available commercial polyethylene glycol mixtures; (2) a highly sensitive and accurate analytical methodA. Warshawsky, A. Tishbee, and N. Shoef, J. Liq. Chromatogr., submitted for publication. coupled with HPLC.
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