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In Wolff rearrangement, what is the role of $\ce{Ag_{2}O}$ in migration of alkyl/aryl group?

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  • $\begingroup$ There is no agreed mechanism for the Wolff. The most convincing thing to say is that it facilitates the loss of dinitrogen. $\endgroup$ – Waylander Oct 13 '18 at 20:56
  • $\begingroup$ Will the reaction happen without the presence of Ag2O ? $\endgroup$ – Esha Manideep Oct 14 '18 at 3:15
  • $\begingroup$ yes, with heat or light. Some rearrangements take place at room temperature $\endgroup$ – Waylander Oct 14 '18 at 7:59

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