Solvents for Grignard Synthesis?

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Okay so besides anhydrous diethyl ether, what other solvents could I use for a Grignard? What makes it a good solvent and what makes something a bad solvent? I know we want something that isn't miscible with water in the least bit because this would kill the reaction, but what else?

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Any solvent that can react with Grignard compounds is a bad one...
 
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The standard set is tetrahydrofuran, dioxane and glyme (MeOCh2CH2OMe). They are actually all micible with water, you just need to dry them first. Normally (nowadays) that is done by passing them through a short pad of basic alumina.
 

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