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Transesterification of Various Methyl Esters Under Mild Conditions Catalyzed by Tetranuclear Zinc Cluster

Takanori Iwasaki, Yusuke Maegawa, Yukiko Hayashi, Takashi Ohshima* and Kazushi Mashima*

*Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University, Toyonaka, Osaka 560-8531, Japan, Email:,

T. Iwasaki, Y. Maegawa, Y. Hayashi, T. Ohshima, K. Mashima, J. Org. Chem., 2008, 73, 5147-5150.

DOI: 10.1021/jo800625v (free Supporting Information)

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A catalytic transesterification is promoted by a tetranuclear zinc cluster. The mild reaction conditions enabled the reactions of various functionalized substrates to proceed in very good yield. A large-scale reaction under solvent-free conditions offers high environmental and economical advantages.

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Key Words

Transesterification, Benzyl Esters

ID: J42-Y2008-1810