Esterification of carboxylate-based ionic liquids with alkyl halides

B. Zhao, L. Greiner, W. Leitner

Chemical Communications, 47 (2011), 2973-2975, doi:10.1039/C0CC04798H


 A facile reaction of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ([EMIm]Ac) with dichloromethane at room temperature was observed with esters among the products. This esterification can be exploited for mild solvent-free esterification with a range of other carboxylate-based ionic liquids and alkyl halides.

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