So, I came across a quite versatile method to synthesize aldehydes and ketones, its called the Acetoacetic ester synthesis.
Suppose I need some 2-pentanone. So to synthesize it via this method I can do this
But I'm more worried about adding a base to Acetoacetic ester. Won't self condensation occur between two molecules of Acetoacetic ester like this?
If it occurs how do we minimize it? If it doesn't then why?
Any help will be appreciated.