||Chapter 16: Ethers, Epoxides
In contrast to alcohols, ethers
are fairly unreactive except to very strong acids such as HI or HBr.
Preparations of Ethers
Reactions of Ethers
Preparation of Epoxides
Reactions of Epoxides
This low reactivity makes them useful as solvents, e.g. diethyl ether,
Et2O and tetrahydrofuran (THF), C4H8O.
Epoxides are more reactive than simple ethers due to the inherent ring
strain and react with nucleophiles resulting in ring opening: