1-Naphthylmethyl (NAPI) and 1-naphthylmethoxymethyl (NAPOMI) protecting groups were developed as new members of the benzyl- and benzyloxymethyl-type family. NAPI and NAPOMI can be introduced under conventional conditions, such as NAPIBr/NaH/room temperature (rt), or NAPOMICl/i-Pr2EtN/rt. They can also be removed under conventional conditions, e.g., by dichlorodicyanobenzoquinone (DDQ)- or ceric ammonium nitrate (CAN)-mediated oxidation, or by hydrogenolysis. The specific advantages of these new protecting groups are: i) a less costly synthesis of NAPOMICl compared to NAPOMIICl, ii) the possibility to remove NAPOMII selectively in the presence of NAPOMI by DDQ-mediated oxidation, and iii) the compatibility with strong acids even in the presence of hard nucleophiles.
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