A rapid and practical catalytic esterification for the preparation of caffeic acid esters

Dongsheng Xie, Fengzhi Yang, Jin Xie, Man Zhang, Wenlu Liu, Lei Fu*

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A convenient and practical catalytic method for the preparation of caffeic acid esters is reported. This esterification was carried out with high efficiency in the presence of ytterbium triflate in nitromethane without any other auxiliary reagents. The wide scope of application and especially the higher reactivity and more convenient procedure than previous methods make it a valuable application for the synthesis of caffeic acid esters and other cinnamic acid esters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)695-700
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Chemical Research
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Caffeic acid esters
  • Catalytic esterification
  • Cinnamic acid esters
  • Lewis acid
  • Metal triflate
  • Synthesis
  • Ytterbium triflate

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