The microwave promoted alkylation of 1- and 2-naphthols with benzyl, butyl, ethyl and isopropyl halides in the
presence of an alkali carbonate may result in O- and C-alkylated products. The alkylations were O-selective in the
presence of K2CO3 in acetonitrile as the solvent and in the absence of phase transfer catalyst. The alkylations utilizing
butyl and ethyl halides were also O-selective in solventless accomplishment and in the presence of triethylbenzylammonium
Keywords: O-alkylation, C-alkylation, microwave, phase transfer catalyst.
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