Molecule of the Week

2-Methyl-2,4-pentanediol

September 12, 2011

2-Methyl-2,4-pentanediol, which in the past has been erroneously called “hexylene glycol”, is an ingredient in products ranging from cosmetics to brake fluid. A. Franke first reported its synthesis in 1901. P. Y. Chavant and co-workers recently came up with a new use for it—synthesizing arylboronic esters without having to run the reaction at cryogenic temperatures.

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