Dioxolane is a heterocyclic acetal with the chemical formula (CH2)2O2CH2. It is related to tetrahydrofuran by interchange of one oxygen for a CH2 group. The corresponding saturated 6-membered C4O2 rings are called dioxanes. The isomeric 1,2-dioxolane (wherein the two oxygen centers are adjacent) is a peroxide. 1,3-Dioxolane is used as a solvent and as a comonomer in polyacetals.

Preferred IUPAC name
Systematic IUPAC name
Other names
Formal glycol[3]
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.010.422
Molar mass 74.08 g/mol
Density 1.06 g/cm3
Melting point −95 °C (−139 °F; 178 K)
Boiling point 75 °C (167 °F; 348 K)
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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As a class of compounds

Dioxolanes are a group of organic compounds containing the dioxolane ring. Dioxolanes can be prepared by acetalization of aldehydes and ketalization of ketones with ethylene glycol.[4]

(+)-cis-Dioxolane is the trivial name for L-(+)-cis-2-methyl-4-trimethylammoniummethyl-1,3-dioxolane iodide which is a muscarinic acetylcholine receptor agonist.

Protecting groups

Organic compounds containing carbonyl groups sometimes need protection so that they do not undergo reactions during transformations of other functional groups that may be present. A variety of approaches to protection and deprotection of carbonyls[5] including as dioxolanes[6] are known. For example, consider the compound methyl cyclohexanone-4-carboxylate, where lithium aluminium hydride reduction will produce 4-hydroxymethylcyclohexanol. The ester functional group can be reduced without affecting the ketone by protecting the ketone as a ketal. The ketal is produced by acid catalysed reaction with ethylene glycol, the reduction reaction carried out, and the protecting group removed by hydrolysis to produce 4-hydroxymethylcyclohexanone.

NaBArF4 can also be used for deprotection of acetal or ketal-protected carbonyl compounds.[5][6] For example, deprotection of 2-phenyl-1,3-dioxolane to benzaldehyde can be achieved in water in five minutes at 30 °C.[7]

PhCH(OCH2)2   +   H2O     PhCHO   +   HOCH2CH2OH

Natural products

Neosporol is a natural product that includes a 1,3-dioxolane moiety, and is an isomer of sporol which has a 1,3-dioxane ring.[8] The total synthesis of both compounds has been reported, and each includes a step in which a dioxolane system is formed using trifluoroperacetic acid (TFPAA), prepared by the hydrogen peroxide urea method.[9][10] This method involves no water, so it gives a completely anhydrous peracid,[11] necessary in this case as the presence of water would lead to unwanted side reactions.[9]

  +   H
  +   CF
  +   CO(NH

In the case of neosporol, a Prilezhaev reaction[12] with trifluoroperacetic acid is used to convert a suitable allyl alcohol precursor to an epoxide, which then undergoes a ring-expansion reaction with a proximate carbonyl functional group to form the dioxolane ring.[9][10]

A similar approach is used in the total synthesis of sporol, with the dioxolane ring later expanded to a dioxane system.[8]

See also


  1. 1,3-Dioxolane at Sigma-Aldrich
  2. "Front Matter". Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry : IUPAC Recommendations and Preferred Names 2013 (Blue Book). Cambridge: The Royal Society of Chemistry. 2014. p. 145. doi:10.1039/9781849733069-FP001. ISBN 978-0-85404-182-4.
  3. formal glycol - PubChem Public Chemical Database
  4. R. A. Daignault, E. L. Eliel (1973). "2-Cyclohexyloxyethanol (involves acetalisation of cyclohexanone)". Organic Syntheses.; Collective Volume, 5, p. 303
  5. Greene, Theodora W.; Wuts, Peter G. M. (1999). "Dimethyl acetals". Greene's Protective Groups in Organic Synthesis (3rd ed.). Wiley-Interscience. pp. 297–304, 724–727. ISBN 9780471160199. Archived from the original on December 3, 2016. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  6. Greene, Theodora W.; Wuts, Peter G. M. (1999). "1,3-Dioxanes, 1,3-Dioxolanes". Greene's Protective Groups in Organic Synthesis (3rd ed.). Wiley-Interscience. pp. 308–322, 724–727. ISBN 9780471160199. Archived from the original on December 7, 2016. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  7. Chang, Chih-Ching; Liao, Bei-Sih; Liu, Shiuh-Tzung (2007). "Deprotection of Acetals and Ketals in a Colloidal Suspension Generated by Sodium Tetrakis(3,5-trifluoromethylphenyl)borate in Water". Synlett. 2007 (2): 283–287. doi:10.1055/s-2007-968009.
  8. Pirrung, Michael C.; Morehead, Andrew T.; Young, Bruce G., eds. (2000). "10. Neosporol, Sporol". Part B: Bicyclic and Tricyclic Sesquiterpenes. The Total Synthesis of Natural Products. 11. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 222–224. ISBN 9780470129630.
  9. Ziegler, Fredrick E.; Metcalf, Chester A.; Nangia, Ashwini; Schulte, Gayle (1993). "Structure and total synthesis of sporol and neosporol". J. Am. Chem. Soc. 115 (7): 2581–2589. doi:10.1021/ja00060a006.
  10. Caster, Kenneth C.; Rao, A. Somasekar; Mohan, H. Rama; McGrath, Nicholas A.; Brichacek, Matthew (2012). "Trifluoroperacetic Acid". e-EROS Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis. doi:10.1002/047084289X.rt254.pub2.
  11. Cooper, Mark S.; Heaney, Harry; Newbold, Amanda J.; Sanderson, William R. (1990). "Oxidation Reactions Using Urea–Hydrogen Peroxide; A Safe Alternative to Anhydrous Hydrogen Peroxide". Synlett. 1990 (9): 533–535. doi:10.1055/s-1990-21156.
  12. Hagen, Timothy J. (2007). "Prilezhaev reaction". In Li, Jie Jack; Corey, E. J. (eds.). Name Reactions of Functional Group Transformations. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 274–281. ISBN 9780470176504.
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