1,5-Dihydroxynaphthalene is a versatile π-electron rich aromatic ring system which has been employed widely for the construction of mechanically- interlocked molecular compounds and supramolecular complexes. A much-needed procedure for its transformation into 1-benzyloxy-5-hydroxynaphthalene has been developed. It involves (i) bisacetylation of 1,5-dihydroxynaphthalene, (ii) reductive removal of one of the two acetyl groups, (iii) benzylation, and (iv) cleavage of the remaining acetyl group.
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- Organic Chemistry