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My organic book does not write out the full mechanism for the reaction of an alkene with osmium tetroxide in a basic aqueous solution with sodium bisulfate. I have made an attempt at a mechanism and am looking for a confirmation or a correction to it. Thanks and I appreciate the help.

I am concerned because the mechanism I wrote creates hydrogen gas and I have not done the reaction so I don't know if a gas evolves. enter image description here

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    $\begingroup$ We generally don't write detailed arrow pushing mechanisms for the details that occur on a transition metal because arrow pushing mechanisms can fail to describe what is going on. $\endgroup$ – Zhe Jun 7 '17 at 18:35
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    $\begingroup$ In other words, don't try to do too much with the osmium. Focus on what happens to the organic component instead. $\endgroup$ – Zhe Jun 7 '17 at 18:36
  • $\begingroup$ I agree with @Zhe. Whatever happens to the osmium compound doesnt matter, we are concerned with the organic molecules. $\endgroup$ – Pritt Balagopal Jun 9 '17 at 2:14

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