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Tetrahydropyran (THP) is the organic compound consisting of a saturated six-membered ring containing five carbon atoms and one oxygen atom. It is named by reference to pyran, which contains two double bonds, and may be produced from it by adding four hydrogens. In 2013, its preferred IUPAC name was established as oxane.[1] The compound is a colourless volatile liquid. Derivatives of tetrahydropyran are, however, more common. 2-Tetrahydropyranyl (THP-) ethers derived from the reaction of alcohols and 3,4-dihydropyran are commonly used as protecting groups in organic synthesis.[2] Furthermore, a tetrahydropyran ring system, i.e., five carbon atoms and an oxygen, is the core of pyranose sugars, such as glucose.

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3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.005.048
Molar mass 86.134 g·mol−1
Density 0.880 g/cm3
Melting point −45 °C (−49 °F; 228 K)
Boiling point 88 °C (190 °F; 361 K)
Main hazards Flammable, Causes skin irritation
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Flammability code 4: Will rapidly or completely vaporize at normal atmospheric pressure and temperature, or is readily dispersed in air and will burn readily. Flash point below 23 °C (73 °F). E.g. propaneHealth code 2: Intense or continued but not chronic exposure could cause temporary incapacitation or possible residual injury. E.g. chloroformReactivity code 1: Normally stable, but can become unstable at elevated temperatures and pressures. E.g. calciumSpecial hazards (white): no codeNFPA 704 four-colored diamond
Flash point −15.6 °C (3.9 °F; 257.5 K)
Lethal dose or concentration (LD, LC):
3000 mg/kg (oral, rat)
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Structure and preparationEdit

In gas phase, the THP exists in its lowest energy Cs symmetry chair conformation.[3]

One classic procedure for the organic synthesis of tetrahydropyran is by hydrogenation of the 3,4-isomer of dihydropyran with Raney nickel.[4]

Tetrahydropyranyl derivativesEdit

Although tetrahydropyran is an obscure compound, tetrahydropyranyl ethers are commonly used in organic synthesis. Specifically, the 2-tetrahydropyranyl (THP) group is a common protecting group for alcohols.[5][6] Alcohols react with 3,4-dihydropyran to give 2-tetrahydropyranyl ethers. These ethers are resilient to a variety of reactions. The alcohol can later be restored by acid-catalyzed hydrolysis. This hydrolysis reforms the parent alcohol as well as 5-hydroxypentanal. THP ethers derived from chiral alcohols form diastereomers. Another undesirable feature is that the ethers display complex NMR spectra, which interfere with analysis.[2]

Protection of alcohol as THP ether followed by deprotection. Both steps require acid catalysts.

In a typical procedure, the alcohol is treated with 3,4-dihydropyran and p-toluenesulfonic acid in dichloromethane at ambient temperature.[2]

THP protection used in the total synthesis of solandelactone E[7]

Alternatively, the THP ether can be generated under the conditions akin to those for the Mitsunobu reaction. Thus the alcohol is treated with 2-hydroxytetrahydropyranyl, triphenylphosphine, and diethyl azodicarboxylate (DEAD) in tetrahydrofuran (THF).

Commonly, THP ethers are deprotected using acetic acid in a THF/water solution, p-toluenesulfonic acid in water, or Pyridinium p-toluenesulfonate (PPTS) in ethanol.

See alsoEdit

  • Pyran
  • Dioxane and Trioxane, which have two and three oxygen atoms as part of their six-membered rings respectively


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