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Conversion of Benzal Halides to Benzaldehydes in the Presence of Aqueous Dimethylamine

Donald Bankston*

*Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Department of Chemistry Research, West Haven, CT 06516, USA, Email:

D. Bankston, Synthesis, 2004, 283-289.

DOI: 10.1055/s-2003-44390


Aqueous dimethylamine is an efficient reagent for the conversion of various benzal halides to their corresponding benzaldehydes. The method represents a novel, economical approach to acquire pure, substituted benzaldehydes from commercially available, or easily prepared starting materials.

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Key Words

aqueous dimethylamine, benzal halides, hydrolysis, benzaldehydes, N,N-dimethylformamide

ID: J66-Y2004-1950