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    Author(s): G.W. McGraw; Richard W. Hemingway
    Date: 1982
    Source: Journal of the Chemical Society Perkin I 973-978
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    Relative yields of C-6, C-8. and C-6 and C-8 substituted catechins obtained from the reaction of (+)-catechin or 3',4',5-7-tetra-O-methyl-(+)-catechin with pyridinium hydrobromide-perbromide, bromine, p-hydroxybenzyl alcohol, or o-hydroxybenzyl alcohol showed differing selectivities depending upon the electrophile used. Ratios of C-6 to C-8 substituted products were 1:1.2 for the reaction of p-hydroxybenzyl alcohol with (+)-catechin, 1:2-3 for reaction of either bromine or o-hydroxybenzyl alcohol with (+)-catechin, and essentially exclusive substitution at the C-8 position in the reaction of tetra-O-methyl-(+)-catechin with bromine. Comparatively high proportions of 6-substituted and 6- and 8-disubstituted products were obtained in the reaction of (+)-catechin with one equivalent of either p- or o-hydroxybenzyl alcohol.

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    McGraw, G.W.; Hemingway, Richard W. 1982. Electrophilic aromatic substitution of catechins: Bromination and benzylation. Journal of the Chemical Society Perkin I 973-978

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