Efficient Procedure for Preparing Salicyl Alcohols

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A new convenient procedure was developed for selective ortho-hydroxymethylation of phenols by reaction of paraformaldehyde with a mixture of phenol and orthoboric acid. The method is general for phenols containing no strong electron-withdrawing substituents; it allows preparation of o-hydroxybenzyl alcohols of high purity in a high yield.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-105
Number of pages3
JournalRussian Journal of Applied Chemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001


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  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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