The washing efficiencies of a chromophore and the reaction rates of a
classical esterification reaction are improved with macroporous resins
(MRs) relative to a classical Merrifield resin. Furthermore, Wacker-o
xidation of a MR bound alkene yielded the expected methylketone produc
t whereas an alkene bound to a low-crosslinked Merrifield resin gave n
o product, a function of the relative permeability of each of these re
sins to the aqueous solvent conditions employed. (C) 1998 Elsevier Sci
ence Ltd. All rights reserved.