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Reduction of esters to ethers


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A novel one-pot procedure for a directly reductive conversion of esters to the corresponding ethers by Et3SiH in the presence of a catalytic amount of InBr3 is described. This simple catalytic system appeared to be remarkably tolerant to several functional groups.
N. Sakai, T. Moriya, T. Konakahara, J. Org. Chem., 2007, 72, 5920-5922.