Catalytic cleavage and reformation of ethereal σ-bonds

Masahito Murai, Kazuki Origuchi, Kazuhiko Takai

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Ether-exchange reaction of alkyl aryl ethers with alcohols and thiols via the cleavage of the C(sp2)-O bond is described. Bi(OTf)3 was found to be a most effective catalyst, and etherification of fused-aromatic ethers proceeded efficiently. Monitoring of reactions revealed conceptually new transether-ification between two different ethers, which can be regarded as single-bond metathesis under the same reaction conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)927-930
Number of pages4
JournalChemistry Letters
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Bismuth
  • Metathesis
  • Transetherification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)


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