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The purpose of this investigation was to study the known methods of forming acetals and find one or several that could be used in further investigation. In connection with the reactions, the use of various catalysts was pertinent. Some of the catalysts used were hydrogen chloride, calcium chloride, ferric chloride, aromatic sulfonic acids, and other. There was no data available comparing the sulfonic acids with the inorganic salts and mineral acids. For that reason one of the subsidiary problems of this investigation was such a comparison.

In order to investigate stability, several acetals were subjected to conditions intended to produce ring acetylation. These conditions are the same imposed by a Friedel Crafts reaction or a Fries rearrangement.



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