Room temperature synthesis of glycerol carbonate catalyzed by N-heterocyclic carbenes

Britni Hervert, Patrick D. McCarthy, Hector Palencia

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N-Heterocyclic carbenes were used as efficient organocatalysts for the synthesis of glycerol carbonate from glycerol and dimethyl carbonate. The reaction takes place in a liquid mixture of reactants without solvent at room temperature. It provides glycerol carbonate in high yield using 2.6-4 mol % of catalyst in a reaction period of 20-30 min.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-136
Number of pages4
JournalTetrahedron Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014



  • Dimethyl carbonate
  • Glycerol carbonate
  • N-Heterocyclic carbenes
  • Organocatalysis
  • Room temperature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry

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