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Questions tagged [carbonyl-compounds]

For questions about compounds containing the carbonyl group, C=O, the carboxylic acid group (-COOH), or its derivatives (anhydrides/esters/amides/acid halides). For questions about complexes involving carbon monoxide as a ligand use [carbonyl-complexes] instead.

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Organic chemistry Iodoform Reaction

Why does 2',6'dimethyl-acetophenone not give iodofom test?
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Reaction of diacetyl with acid

What happens when diacetyl, that is, butan-2,3-dione is treated with acid? I guess there would be acid catalysed aldol formation. But what would the final product be? I can see too many ...
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Carbonation of Grignard reagent with a carbonyl group present in it

Here's the question in my book (see picture) Option A is a standard reaction which gives a carboxylic acid. Option B is definitely wrong because an acid base reaction will take place and CH4 will be ...
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How does chelation control result in rate acceleration?

In the chapter on diastereoselectivity in Clayden, Warren & Greeves (2012), the Cram-Chelate model is discussed. Most significantly, under chelation control, the diastereoselectivity of the ...
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Reactivity of formaldehyde and 2-chloroethanal towards nucleophillic addition

Formaldehyde is sterically less hindered than 2-chloroethanal and inductiv effects also support a greater reactivity of formaldehyde over the later. However my textbook states that the reactivity ...
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Reduction with NH2-NH2 , OH-, and glycol

this question was asked in my exam and I have done it properly until the very third step but unfortunately, although the last step looked like wolfkishner reduction to me I could not do it. My ...
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Mechanism with hypohalite in haloform reaction

The haloform reaction is usually done in a solution of NaOH and $\ce{I2}$ (or indeed, any halogen). Now the first part of the reaction mechanism in the wikipedia page and in the most organic books ...
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The use of silyl enol ethers over aza-enolates

I do not quite understand how alkylations using tertiary halides would work better with silyl enol ethers, compared with using the aza-enolate nucleophile. The following was mentioned in Clayden, ...
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Preference for basic conditions in ester hydrolysis

It has occurred to me that it is very common see the use of basic conditions for ester hydrolysis in various syntheses. One such sequence commonly seen in the case of the malonic ester synthesis is: $...
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What takes place in this transformation of the 1,3-dicarbonyl?

I was just looking at a particular synthesis method on the Organic Chemistry Portal when I saw a particularly puzzling step, involving a 1,3-dicarbonyl compound. The step which I am puzzled by is ...
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Reagents in Krapcho's decarboxylation

Krapcho's decarboxylation is a reaction involving esters with a electron-withdrawing group $\beta$ to the carbonyl group and halide ions. It is typically conducted with $\ce {LiCl}$ and $\ce {DMSO}$ ...
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Cross Cannizzarro reaction for ketones

I want to ask that cross cannizzarro could be possible between any aldehyde + ketone mixture(without alpha H) and we get products as aldehyde get oxidised and ketone get reduced(along with self ...
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Oxalate Anion MO Diagram

I figured I’d study $\ce{C2O4^2-}$ as an organometallic ligand, and found that it is weak field (pi donor). I hence decided to construct a MO diagram. The oxalate anion is of D2h symmetry, so one ...
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Nucleophillic addition vs SN2

The following question came in Paper 2 of JEE Advanced 2014- Here we have $\ce{CH3-}$ as the nucleophile. There are 2 possible attacks: SN2 type attack on the chlorine group. Nucleophilic addition ...
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Less substituted vs more substituted alkene [closed]

In general, more substituted alkenes are more thermodynamically stable. However, in certain cases such as enamine alkylation, the less substituted double bond is favored. How do we know that which is ...
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Inductive vs conjugation effects in ester hydrolysis

I just came across the following problem about alkaline ester hydrolysis: Since all of the substituents are in the para position, I immediately thought about the ability of those substituents to ...
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Reaction between carboxylic acids and amines

Would some be able to explain why when I mix a carboxylic acid, like ethanoic acid, and an amine, say ethylamine, I get ethylammonium ethanoate. But when I mix a bi-functional group carboxylic acid (...
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Why are pi antibonding orbitals lower in energy than sigma antibonding orbitals?

I know when a carbonyl group is attacked by a nucleophile, the electrons of the nucleophile enter the antibonding π orbital of the $\ce{C=O}$ bond, which breaks the π bond. My textbook says that ...
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Will ether group undergo cleavage in this molecule?

So, I've got to tell what will be the product after treating with dilute acid. I'm sure that oxygen next to carbon 7 will get protonated resulting in carbon oxygen bond cleavage to generate a stable ...
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Kolbe's electrolysis of acetylenedicarboxylic acid

I have been wondering what this reaction would lead to? The ethyne diradical can't dimerize because triple bonded cyclic structures don't form until 8 carbons. And even if it polymerizes I find no way ...
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Regarding Clemensen Reduction of the following compound [duplicate]

While I was doing problems on reduction of aldehydes and ketones, I encountered this particular question Here, I know that Clemensen reduction reduces the ketone group to $-CH_2-$ group. But, the ...
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ICHO Synthesis Problem 2018

I've several doubts about this ICHO synthesis problem, which was a part of the preparatory problem package of 2018 (so yes, it's not a part of an ongoing contest) Before sharing the answer given, I'...
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Alcohol or Carbonyl - Which is more reactive towards PCl5?

We're aware that ketones and alcohols both react with phosphorus pentachloride, to produce geminal dichlorides and alkyl chlorides respectively. What happens in the compound shown below, when ...
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How can benzaldehyde have a pKa of 14.9?

There are numerous websites out there which claim that the pKa of benzaldehyde – C6H5CHO – is 14.90. (Just do a Google search for benzaldehyde pka to see what I ...
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Why does gilman reagent react with acyl chlorides but not with other carbonyls?

According to HSAB (hard-soft acid-base) concept, a soft nucleophile preferentially reacts with soft electrophile and a hard nucleophile with a hard electrophile. Since $\ce {R2CuLi}$ is a soft ...
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Why can't you form an anhydride from an ester via nucleophilic attack?

The reaction referred to is the nucleophilic acyl substitution reaction, where the nucleophile is a carboxylate ion and the electrophile is the ester. I am having a difficult time visualizing why this ...
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Ketone prefix organic chemistry nomenclature

Is there a difference between the prefixes keto- and oxo-?
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Molecular orbital explanation of why the protonation of the oxygen atom makes a carbonyl group more electrophilic

I was working on nucleophilic addition reactions to the carbonyl group (namely, hemiacetal formation) when I came across the following explanation for the use of acid catalyst and how it increases ...
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What is a probable mechanism for acid catalysed decarboxylation of alpha-hydroxy acid?

The following question was on one of the tests we had recently Now i worked out the intermediates and the product as follows: The first step is an intramolecular Cannizzaro reaction in which the ...
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Are alkaline conditions required for Maillard reaction?

The Maillard reaction, a form of non-enzymatic browning, refers to a cascade of chemical reactions that frequently occurs in the cooking of foods (e.g. baking of pastries, roasting of meats). It ...
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Conditions for imine formation

Firstly, note that this is not a duplicate of Acid in Imine Formation. Clayden, Warren, & Greeves (2012) states explicitly on p. 231 that imine formation requires acid catalysis, and that the ...
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Which one is the stronger base?

I'm studying Wolff-Kishner reduction and I don't understand why after this step the leaving group is $\ce{OH-}$ instead of $\ce{^-HN-NH2}$. I guess it's because hydroxide ion is less strong than the ...
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How does this ring expansion on a steroid system occur?

The correct answer is supposedly B, as shown by Gravestock et al.[1] In this reaction after ozonolysis of the C=C double bond, two ketones are formed. How is a rearrangement or expansion of the ring ...
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Equation for the equilibrium constant for the hydration of carbonyls using UV spectroscopy

I was looking through the literature when I found this source: https://pubs.rsc.org/En/content/articlepdf/1967/tf/tf9676302131 Which states that the equilibrium constant Khyd is: Khyd = $\frac{[...
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Why don't zwitter ions show ortho effect?

I recently came across a statement which said that zwitter ions are an exception to the ortho effect. Is it because the ions attract each other and the -COOH group is brought back into the plane ...
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Effect of H-bonding on o-nitrobenzoic acid

My argument here is regarding the acidity of o-nitrobenzoic acid being greater than p,m-nitrobenzoic acid. In o-nitrobenzoic acid, there is an intramolecular hydrogen bond which makes the bond ...
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Claisen-like condensation with acid chloride

In the Claisen condensation, an ester enolate attacks an ester, with an alkoxide anion leaving subsequently to give a $\beta$-keto ester. Is it possible for a typical enolate of an aldehyde or ketone ...
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Why cyclohexane-1,4-dicarbaldehyde does not give aldol condensation?

I was recently came to know as a fact that cyclohexane-1,4-dicarbaldehyde does not give the aldol condensation reaction in spite of possessing α-hydrogens. I was told that this is due to steric ...
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Converting a thioester to an amide

What reagents can I use for the following transformation? I think this has something to do with formation of an iminium salt and reductive amination, but I'm not so sure.
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Why is ninhydrin stable as a geminal diol? [duplicate]

The following image depicts the structure of ninhydrin - $\ce{C9H6O4}$ Ninhydrin, as you see has two hydroxyl group attached to same carbon. In general, geminal diol (or gem-diol, for short) are ...
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Will a reverse osmosis membrane exclude perfluorobutanoic acid?

I recently did a water quality test and it showed a detectable level of perfluorobutanoic acid, a potentially dangerous carboxylate PFC. Will a reverse osmosis water purification system exclude this ...
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What side reactions are suppressed by the use of TMSCl in the acyloin condensation?

I was reading about the acyloin condensation and came across a statemant according to which, the use of TMSCl obviates competing reactions. My question is what kind of competing reaction would happen ...
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Give the order of nucleophilic addition reaction in the following -

I am confused that whether we should take only inductive or hyperconjugation effect also into consideration while finding the order. As the answer in the book is only according to inductive effect . ...
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Do carboxylic acids form hydrates like aldehydes and ketones?

Having learned that aldehydes exist in equilibrium with their hydrate form - Do carboxylic acids do the same in a water solvent and form a hydrate with 3 $\ce{OH}$ groups and one alkyl group?
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Mechanism for conversion of imide to ester with NaH

What is the mechanism of this reaction? My proposed mechanism is shown below, would it work?
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Why does formic acid give positive Fehling's test?

$$\ce{HCOOH ->[\text{Fehling's solution}] CO2 + H2O}$$ The points discussed in a previous question do not account for the fact that formic acid also gives positive Fehling's test since it is not ...
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How would one disassociate the carboxylic acid on the end of a perfluorooctanoic acid molecule?

This is what a perfluorooctanoic acid molecule looks like. The carboxylate head on the end would normally disassociate in water because carboxylic acids are weak, but because of the fluorocarbon tail, ...
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Fluorination of Carbonyl Compounds using Molybdenum Hexafluoride

What is the mechanism of halogenation of carbonyl compounds using molybdenum hexafluoride? How does it work? Here's a reaction I came across - Can we use it for all carbonyl compounds, or, are there ...
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Haloform Reaction of Furfural

My instructor pointed out that furfural undergoes haloform reaction - I don't understand how. I couldn't figure out the mechanism on my own, and couldn't find much online either. (regarding the ...
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Can enamines be formed from α,β-unsaturated ketones?

This question was a result of discussion form here: α,β-unsaturated carbonyl compounds and alkyl addition The reaction below (condensation of cyclohexenone with a secondary amine) does not yield any ...