Questions tagged [alcohols]

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Taking volume contraction into account when mixing water with ethanol

To calculate the amount of purified water and the amount of ethanol (96% Vol.) which is needed for a desired/variable amount of a mixture - given a desired/variable percentage of ethanol - I use the ...
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Does myristyl glucoside contain alcohol? [closed]

I read that "myristyl glucoside is a product obtained by the condensation of myristyl alcohol with aglucose polymer." Does that mean that alcohol is part of the final product/myristyl glucoside itself?...
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What exactly is an 'activated' alcohol? Benzylic vs. Allylic vs. Aliphatic

I'm currently writing a report about the oxidations of various alcohols using different catalytic systems. In all papers it is stated that benzylic and allylic alcohols are "activated", while ...
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Pure allyl iodide can be obtained by reaction with small amount of HI or no? [closed]

Pure allyl iodide can be obtained from the reaction with small amount of HI or no?
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Rate determining step in oxidation of alcohols using chromium-related compounds

I wanted to ask a question about the kinetics of an oxidation reaction using chromium reagents. I was given a lecture today on the mechanism of alcohol oxidations using Chromate (VI) reagents: My ...
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What does ethylene glycol decompose to when exposed to air for an extended period of time?

I came across this article on wikipedia on ethylene glycol stating that it decomposes fairly quickly. I was under the impression that ethylene glycol was dangerous to let leach into soil, but I think ...
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What should be the name of the given compound?

Following compound is named as (1) 6-Mercaptocyclohex-4-ene-1,3-diol (2) 1-Mercaptocyclohex-2-ene-4,6-diol (3) 1-Mercaptocyclohex-5-ene-2,4-diol (4) 4-Mercaptocyclohex-2-ene-1,5-diol ...
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Is the reaction of anhydrous aluminium(III) chloride and anhydrous ethanol reversible?

I'm planning an experiment that I'll do in silico in the near future, and one of the steps involves the extraction of the $\ce{AlCl3 · C2H5OH}$ adduct without any water in it. Can the ethanol be ...
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Do secondary alcohols react faster than primary alcohols or is it the other around? [closed]

My questions is that do secondary alcohols react faster than primary alcohols or is it the other around? This for the oxidation of the alcohol to a ketone or an aldehyde. This reaction is with KMnO4 ...
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Alkene reaction with acid via SN1 reaction

I want to ask a question about alkenes and their reactivity with acids. From high school studies, I recall that if you had an acid $\ce{H3O+}$ i.e. $H^+$ that it would react with an alkene as shown ...
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Nucleophilic Substitution Reaction of Alcohol

What is the final product? According to me, it's option (3). But given answer in the booklet is (2). Given primary alcohol undergoes SN2 reaction to produce isopentyl bromide and the latter again ...
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Ingredients for cleaning optical elements

I have recently purchased a cleaning solution for precision optics which has the following ingredients (amounts were not specified): Ethyl Alcohol Methylethylketon Aqua Diethyl Ether Isopropyl ...
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When alcohol is used to sterilize, what about it changes that it can't be re-used? [closed]

I read online that when you use regular household rubbing alcohol to soak something for sterilization purposes, you're then supposed to toss it out. I'm just curious why. Like, as long as there's a ...
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Which reaction occurs first when 5-hexen-1-ol reacts with sulfuric acid?

I am trying to solve this question: Find the major product of the following reaction: Now we could either do electrophilic addition on the alkene or do dehydration of alcohol. These two ...
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Why doesn't ethanol dissolve in sodium bicarbonate?

Today I experimented with different solvents and solutes and was a bit surprised by one result. When I added ethanol to dilute sodium bicarbonate and tapped the test tube against my palm to mix it, I ...
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What is an example of an isopropyl alcohol resistant caulk?

What is a caulk (or bonding adhesive) that can be exposed permanently submerged in an isopropyl alcohol (>91%) bath? The idea came from this previous question: Silicone vs Alcohol It seems from one ...
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How to confirm experimentally that a hemi-acetal compound has formed?

I have read that under mildly acidic or alkaline conditions alcohols can attack aldehydes/ketones to produce hemi-acetals. But the reaction is reversible, so the reactants and the hemia-cetal are in ...
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Alcohol Nonmeclature - Organic Chemistry

I'm new to organic chemistry and having some trouble naming alcohols. I came across this molecule, I believe it's name is 3-ethyl 2-pentanol, but my online checker system is saying that I am wrong. Am ...
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Diketone intramolecular reaction question

I realize that one of the methyl groups on either carbonyl compound will become deprotonated and then it will attack the other carbonyl to form a pentane ring. However, with the methyl group in the ...
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Role of hcl gas in organic reactions [closed]

I encountered many questions in the competitive exam field of high school organic chemistry where we add some compounds and treat it in excess alcohol solutions in the presence of dry hcl gas, it is ...
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Hemiacetal formation mechanism

The question is asking which reagents can be used to carry out this reaction. I get the L (PCC) is used to turn the primary alcohol into an aldehyde. However, I believe that is not the only reagent ...
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Ethyl acetate produces red colour on ceric ammonium nitrate test

When I did CAN test on ethyl acetate red colour was seen. I thought water may get added with Ethyl acetate to produce this compound which in turn gave red coloration but carbon should not make three ...
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Why is the Lucas test not recommended to differentiate higher alcohols?

I read about the Lucas test for alcohols in which a cloudy precipitate is produced with a tertiary or secondary alcohol. However, on a side note it was mentioned that this test is useful only for ...
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Doubts Regarding Ceric Ammonium Nitrate Test for Alcohols

I read about Ceric Ammonium Nitrate Test for Alcohols and a red colour is produced if the solution has an alcohol functional group however as a side note it was mentioned that this test is only useful ...
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Neutralize the smell of alcohol in liquid chalk

i'm trying to mix my own liquid chalk, which is a simple mixture of chalk and a high percentage alcohol in a ~2 part chalk 1 part alcohol relation. Unfortunately the smell is rather intensive and I ...
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Is there an easy way to detect methanol in spirits (which may have been adulterated)?

Is there an easy way to detect methanol in spirits, which, you suspect, may have been adulterated?
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Synthesis of phenethyl alcohol from benzene

How can I make phenethyl alcohol $(\ce{C6H5CH2CH2OH})$ from benzene? I have got information that phenethyl alcohol is made from benzene by Friedel-Crafts reaction between benzene and ethylene oxide ...
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Does 2,2-dimethylpropan-1-ol give a positive Lucas test?

I learnt that the Lucas test involves the formation of a carbocation and it gives a positive test based on the stability of the carbocation formed, and hence primary alcohols do not show turbidity (...
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Does benzene react with steam to create an alcohol?

Benzene has a molecular formula of $\ce{C6H6},$ right? Surely it has some alkene-like properties because of the double bonds, so can it undergo a hydration reaction to create alcohol?
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Reaction between 1-methylcyclopentanol and potassium permanganate

In my basic organic chemistry class, I learned that only primary and secondary alcohols undergo oxidation (using $\ce{KMnO4}$). However, what is the outcome of reacting tertiary alcohol (1-...
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List of primary, secondary and tertiary alcohol [closed]

Is there a list of primary, secondary and tertiary alcohols examples anywhere?
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Enthalpy of combustion of 1-butanol

1-butanol $\ce{C4H10O}$ So I have absolutely no idea how to find the enthalpy and I did some looking on the internet with no use since I don't understand. I came here hoping someone generous could ...
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Comparing the emission spectrum of ethanol and mixture of alcohols

Sorry if this question has a simple answer, but I've been unable to find it elsewhere. Using a diffraction grating, burning ethanol (99.9%) will produce a rainbow of colours. However, when burning ...
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what is mechanism for reaction phenol + dimethylsulphate -> anisole

Dimethyl sulphate breaks the oh bond and forms anisole. How does the reaction proceed?? is it oxygen lone pair attacks on sulphur which has partial positive charge?? the reaction takes place in ...
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Oxidation of diols to dialdehydes

How could 1,4-butanediol be converted to 1,4-butandial (succinic aldehyde)? I thought of simple oxidation with CuO but apparently it yields gamma-butyryllactone according to erowid (https://erowid.org/...
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Isopropyl Alcohol leaves a white haze on plastic, is there anything I can use to clean it off?

Recently I wanted to clean up some lubricant on some keyboard switches. On some forums, an Isopropyl alcohol bath was recommended so I decided to give that a try and went to purchase some 91% ...
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Why mixing water with ethanol produces heat energy? [closed]

Sorry if I'm asking something stupid but I'm trying to understand where this energy gets from. As far as I could find, it is not a reaction as both chemicals left unchanged, so it might have something ...
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Is there a simpler way to detect alcohol in a blood sample using IR spectroscopy?

I have seen all sorts of ways to detect alcohol using NIRS (Near InfraRed Spectrscopy) or FTIR, but they are all quite complicated in that they are using and analyzing a very wide spectrum. In ...
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Why does energy need to be “compensated” in order for solvation to occur?

I am currently learning about the physical properties of alcohols. I understand that the main intermolecular forces between alcohols and water are hydrogen bonds. When these two are mixed, the ...
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Mechanism of ring formation of an epoxide under acidic aqueous conditions

I am trying to figure out the mechanism of this reaction: I think the $\ce{H+}$ will first attack the oxygen of the epoxide and another $\ce{OH-}$ will be added to the most substituted carbocation, ...
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Can you lower the alcohol concentration of a drink using vegetable oils?

The log POW of ethanol is −0.18 according to Wikipedia, i.e. in a two-phase system ethanol would preferrably accumulate in the aqueous phase, but not by much. Suppose I wanted to lower the alcohol ...
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Using Wilkinson's Catalyst to reduce esters?

I was solving some questions on alcohols when I came upon a question in which it was asked that whether esters can be reduced using hydrogen in the prescence of wilkinson's catalyst. Now I know that ...
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Why primary alcohol follows SN1 mechanism?

Example 2: Identify all the products formed in the following reaction and indicate the major product. Solution: Three products will be formed in the given reaction as shown below: In ...
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Why is Lithium Chloride (LiCl) soluble in alcohols?

According do J.D. Lee's Concise Inorganic Chemistry, LiCl is soluble in alcohols because it has some covalent nature, althought it is mainly polar. Why would LiCl have covalent character? Why doesn't ...
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Potassium ethoxide

Is it possible to make potassium ethoxide by mixing $\ce{KOH}$ and $\ce{EtOH}$ in the presence of a dehydrating agent like $\ce{MgSO4}$ or $\ce{CaO}$ or $\ce{K2CO3}$? The easy way is adding metallic ...
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Victor Mayer test for 2° alcohol

In the last step in Victor Mayer test for 2° alcohol, why do we need to add an alkali like NaOH? Isn't pseudo nitrolic acid that is formed already blue in colour? What would be the reaction of alkali ...
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Does propylene glycol dissolve plastic?

According to Médecins Sans Frontières propylene glycol can dissolve plastic: As propylene glycol can dissolve plastic... (Source). Is this claim true? This seems rather spurious to me. If it ...
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How do I draw a curly arrow diagram for the oxidation of primary alcohol to an aldehyde and subsequently to a carboxylic acid? [duplicate]

I've determined the chemical equations for both the mechanisms, but I'm unable to draw curly arrow diagrams for the two reactions using potassium dichromate as the oxidising reagent. I'm not sure how ...
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Ester of glycerol and glyceric acid

What is the ester of glycerol ($\ce{C3H8O3}$) and glyceric acid ($\ce{C3H6O4}$)? I couldn't find any information about it online, so is this reaction even possible? I'm not sure what would happen, ...
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Is 99% Isopropyl Alcohol sold in stores really 99%?

My understanding is that an azeotropic mixture of isopropanol and water is 91%. This makes sense as to why there are so many brands of rubbing alcohol sold at 91%. There are also some sold as 99%, ...