Date of Award

Summer 1969

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science




Indene oxide (indan, 1,2-epoxy; indene 2,3-oxid is first recorded in the literature in 1919. This compound was formed in practically quantitative yield by the treatment of indene bromo­ hydrin in ether with powdered potassium hydroxide. At this time Van Loon also reported the preparation of indene oxide by mechanical shaking of an anhydrous, ethere!al solution of the bromohydrin with finely powdered potassium hydroxide. The desired product was obtained in a 92-97% yield by this method. Indene oxide has been prepared in a similar manner from trans-2-chloro-l-indanol by treatment "with soda," distillation of the acetone in vacuo after 15 hours, and extraction with ether.

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