Development of a Highly Efficient Catalytic Method for Synthesis of Vinyl Ethers

A new method for the preparation of alkyl vinyl ethers has been developed. Thus, various types of alkyl vinyl ethers were synthesized by the reaction of alcohols with vinyl acetate under the influence of a catalytic amount of [Ir(cod)Cl]<sub>2</sub> combined with Na<sub>2</sub>CO<sub>3</sub> in good to excellent yields.