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Chloromethyl methyl ether (CMME) is an ether with the formula CH3OCH2Cl. It is used as an alkylating agent and industrial solvent to manufacture dodecylbenzyl chloride, water repellents, ion-exchange resins, polymers, and as a chloromethylation reagent. It is a known human carcinogen . In organic synthesis the compound is used for the introduction of the methoxymethyl(MOM) protecting group.
The MOM group can be removed by application of dilute acid.
An example is the protection of a phenol group :
With a benzyl group the protective group becomes a BOM-ether. See also the closely related methylthiomethyl ethers.
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