Ethers are such compounds as Methoxymethane and Propoxyoctane

1. Jan 23, 2005

The Bob

Just a very quick question.

Ethers are such compounds as Methoxymethane and Propoxyoctane. The shortened structural forumlae for these are $$CH_3 O CH_3$$ and $$C_3 H_7 O C_8 H_{17}$$. I was wondering if it was possible to get an Ether with two oxygen atoms dividing the hydrocarbon groups;

E.g. Methdioxymethane $$CH_3 (O)_2 CH_3$$

Propdioxyoctance $$C_3 H_7 (O)_2 C_8 H_{17}$$

Cheers.

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2. Jan 23, 2005

so-crates

A molecule with two oxygen atoms connected to each other would be a peroxide, not an ether. Yes there are methods of peroxide synthesis for the two molecules you mentioned.

3. Jan 23, 2005

The Bob

So it is:

Methperoxymethane $$CH_3 (O)_2 CH_3$$

Propperoxyoctance $$C_3 H_7 (O)_2 C_8 H_{17}$$ ??

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4. Jan 23, 2005

The Bob

Let me correct myself:

Methylperoxymethane $$CH_3 (O)_2 CH_3$$

Propylperoxyoctance $$C_3 H_7 (O)_2 C_8 H_{17}$$

That right???