This paper reports a facile way to prepare novel cyclophanes from cyclic po
lyethers (1). Cyclic polyethers (1) composed of functional methallyl 2,3-di
methylhydroquinone diether subunits were prepared by the reaction of 2,3-di
methylhydroquinone with methallyl dichloride. Cyclophanes having plural hyd
roquinone or benzoquinone units were obtained directly in high yields by th
e rearrangement and/or subsequent oxidation of the cyclic polyethers (1). (
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