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Communication | Special issue | Vol 18, No. 1, 1982, pp.131-135
Published online, 1st January, 1970
DOI: 10.3987/S(B)-1982-01-0131
Improved Procedure for Lithium Borohydride Reduction of Cyclic Anhydrides to Lactones in Tetrahydrofuran

Srinivasan Narasimhan*

*Wetherill Laboratory, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907, U.S.A.


The rate of reduction of several cyclic anhydrides by lithium borohydride in tetrahydrofuran at 25°C has been studied. The reaction has been utilized for the rapid and selective conversion of cyclic anhydrides to lactones.