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Rhenium (VII) oxides have proven to be mild and versatile catalysts in organic chemistry. They have previously been utilized to catalyze the transposition of allylic aclohols, Prins reaction, and reductive amination to name a few examples. This thesis reports the application of Re(VII) oxide in the substitution of hemi-acetals with a wide array of nucleophiles including oxo-, thio-, and peroxy-nucleophiles. These reactions proceed efficiently with rapid reaction times and high yields.
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