Facile dealkoxylation of aryl alkyl ethers has been carried out using TiCl3–Li–THF (tetrahydrofuran); a novel one-pot synthesis of phenanthrenes from ortho-alkoxyaromatic aldehydes/ketones is described.
A. Banerji and Nayak, S. K., “Unprecedented reductive dealkoxylation of aryl alkyl ethers and intramolecular C–C coupling of 2, 2′-dialkoxystilbenes with low valent titanium: one-pot synthesis of phenanthrenes”, J. Chem. Soc., Chem. Commun., pp. 1432–1434, 1991.