A new high yield method for the synthesis of aromatic aldehydes has been developed. The procedure is based on an acid catalyzed hydroxymethylation of an arene substrate by paraformaldehyde with concurrent selective oxidation of the intermediate aromatic carbinol by 2,3-dichloro-5,6-dicyanobenzoquinone (DDQ) to the aldehyde product.
- Electrophilic aromatic substitutions
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Organic Chemistry