Acid-Catalyzed Transacetalization from Glycol to Pinacol Acetals

<div><p></p><p>A one-pot transacetalization of glycol acetals, frequently used as protecting groups of the aldehyde function, into the more stable pinacol acetals is given. A clean transformation of aromatic and aliphatic substrates is possible with trifluoroacetic acid within 30 min at 0 °C. Glycol acetals derived from ketones (ketals) cannot be converted with this protocol. Deprotection of the pinacol acetals is possible with trifluoromethanesulfonic acid in the presence of water.</p> </div>