Synthesis of 9,10-dihydroanthracene-9,10-α,β-succinic anhydride

Combine 1 g of anthracene, 0.5 g of maleic anhydride and 17.5 mL of xylene, reflux with stirring in a water bath for 30 minutes. Then cool down and put in a freezer for a  few hours, filter and wash with xylene. Recrystallize in xylene. Recover the xylene by distillation.

Source

CIMG9170

Refluxing

The solution after the reflux

The crude product crystallized out

CIMG9181

The crude product

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