The reaction of ortho-dinitrobenzenes with sodium borohydride
KJ Bird, ID Rae, AM White
Australian Journal of Chemistry | Published : 1973
The reaction of o-dinitrobenzene with sodium borohydride in aqueous dimethyl sulphoxide at room temperature gives nitrobenzene and benzofurazan in low yields. Deuterium is incorporated specifically into the ortho position of nitrobenzene when the reaction is performed with sodium borodeuteride. 2,3-Dinitrotoluene gives mainly m-nitrotoluene, but 3,4-dinitrotoluene gives both m- and p-nitrotoluenes.