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Reply to the ‘Comment on “Zemplén transesterification: a name reaction that has misled us for 90 years”’ by G. Poli, C. Pezzetta, I. Leito and S. Tshepelevitsh, Green Chemistry, 2018, 20, DOI: 10.1039/c7gc03795c

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Prof. Poli and co-workers recently commented on our previous report in which we demonstrated that using NaOH and NaOMe in methanol for deacylation are identical. By consideration of the equilibrium between methoxyl and hydroxyl anions, they proposed that the methoxyl anion-catalysed mechanistic path still holds in the deacylation when using NaOH. In theory we believe that their explanation is reasonable. However, our experimental results showed higher transesterification rates when using NaOH than when using MeONa, which may indicate that the hydroxyl anion-catalysed mechanistic path also plays a key role when using NaOH.

Graphical abstract: Reply to the ‘Comment on “Zemplén transesterification: a name reaction that has misled us for 90 years”’ by G. Poli, C. Pezzetta, I. Leito and S. Tshepelevitsh, Green Chemistry, 2018, 20, DOI: 10.1039/c7gc03795c

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The article was received on 13 Mar 2018, accepted on 17 Apr 2018 and first published on 18 Apr 2018


Article type: Comment
DOI: 10.1039/C8GC00814K
Citation: Green Chem., 2018,20, 2395-2397

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    Reply to the ‘Comment on “Zemplén transesterification: a name reaction that has misled us for 90 years”’ by G. Poli, C. Pezzetta, I. Leito and S. Tshepelevitsh, Green Chemistry, 2018, 20, DOI: 10.1039/c7gc03795c

    B. Ren, J. Ge and H. Dong, Green Chem., 2018, 20, 2395
    DOI: 10.1039/C8GC00814K

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