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Why is the use of tert-butyl methyl ether favoured over using diethyl ether?

  1. Oct 9, 2011 #1
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    Why is the use of tert-butyl methyl ether favoured over using diethyl ether?

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    After the formation of trans-stilbene, tert-butyl methyl ether was used to dissolve trans-stilbene. Water was added to dissolve any impurities which was absorbed by calcium chloride pellets along with the impurities. I guess the reason why tert-butyl ether was used is due to the bulkiness of the substituents in comparison to diethyl ether, but I don't know what that would do in comparison. Why was tert-butyl ether used as opposed to diethyl ether? It is not due to safety or cost concerns is what I do know. However, I don't know what the answer is or how to find it. Please help. Much appreciated. :)
     
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