Questions tagged [carbonyl-compounds]

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Protonating/basic site and Brønsted basicity orders of beta, gamma, and delta lactams

Consider the three cyclic amides: $\beta$-lactam $\gamma$-lactam $\delta$-lactam My question What is the basic site (site of protonation) for these three lactams? And what should be their Brønsted ...
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Sulfonyl azides: diazo or azide transfer?

Sulfonyl azides, $\ce{RSO2N3}$, are capable of acting as sources of electrophilic azide ("$\ce{N+3}$"), but are also capable of effecting diazo transfer, as shown in the scheme below, taken from ref 1:...
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What causes the blackening of light bulbs

in 1878, Thomas Edison (or rather William Joseph Hammer) added an anode in a light bulb in order to catch the flux of electrons coming out from the carbon filament and reduce the phenomenon of ...
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How can I solve this synthesis?

I have this task to do: My solution: Is that possible? Can you please help me with the steps 2 and 3? This is what I did, but my teacher told me I should make the diketone (compound no. 5) from ...
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pKa of different sites of butanone

From what I can tell, deprotonation of the central hydrogen leads to the more thermodynamically stable product (most substituted double bond. i.e. most stabilization by hyperconjugation). Therefore, ...
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On the mechanism of the nitrogen-removal step of the Wharton olefin synthesis

In today’s reaction seminar, the Wharton transposition made an appearance. In our practice case it started from the epoxide as in scheme 1 below as on Wikipedia; Kürti/Csakó (page 482) begin from the ...
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Why does the keto tautomer of guanine have lower energy?

Looking at the keto and enol forms of guanine, it would seem as if the enol form is more stable, due to the fact that aromaticity is established with the enol form. However, according to a question on ...
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Protonation of Carbonyl oxygen in Fischer Esterification

In the Fischer Esterification, why is it the acid's carbonyl oxygen getting protonated and not the hydroxyl oxygen? This protonation occurs in Step 1 of the mechanism below. I read in some textbooks ...
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Reagents for synthesis of ethyl 2-(2,3-dihydrobenzofuran-2-yl)acetate from naphthalen-1(4H)-one

The following conversion can be performed in a few steps. Show key intermediates and reagents (detailed mechanisms are not required). So I've been looking at this for a while and I can't seem ...
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An unconventional decarboxylation to form bullatenone

I recently had an assessment which required me to draw the mechanism of decarboxylation of a $\beta$-ketoacid. However, it is slightly peculiar because there is the presence of $\alpha$, $\beta$-...
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Reaction of alpha hydroxyketone with KOH

What happens when 2-hydroxycyclohexan-1-one (an alpha hydroxyketone) reacts with aqueous $\ce{KOH}$? I tried something like Favorskii rearrangement, but it's wrong because OH isn't a good enough ...
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Stability of extended enolates

I'd expect an extended enolate to be more stable than a normal enolate, when both can form, but my textbook suggests otherwise. What is the stability of an extended enolate compared with a normal ...
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Regioselectivity of the Beckmann rearrangement

It seems to be that the Beckmann rearrangement is a nice way to prepare secondary amines. This can be achieved by removal of oxygen via the use of $\ce{HI}$/$\ce{P}$. However, if ketones are used, ...
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Does acid anhydride give a positive iodoform test?

I thought that acetic anhydride $\ce{CH3COOCOCH3}$ would give a positive Iodoform test because it has a $\ce{CH3-(CO)}-$ group.But it is given that this does not happen. Is this true? If so, can ...
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Does alcohol hydrogen in the enol tautomer of a β-dicarbonyl have sp² character?

My reasoning for the somewhat implausible "$\mathrm{sp^2}$" character of the hydrogen between these two oxygens on the enol structure of the right comes from recognizing that if it were, then we would ...
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Predicting IR frequencies of esters / vinylogous esters

Here's the problem... Three isomeric structures with formula $\ce{C10H8O2}$ are shown: Identify the correct ordering of carbonyl IR stretching frequencies. I understand that conjugation ...
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What is the average chain length of a glutaraldehyde crosslink between primary amines?

Imagine I'm performing a primary amine to primary amine (i.e. PA to PA) crosslinking reaction at $37~^{\circ}\mathrm{C}$ in phosphate-buffered saline (pH $\approx 7.4$) with glutaraldehyde drawn from ...
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Why does adipic acid give a cyclic ketone on heating while glutaric acid and succinic acid give a cyclic anhydride?

Why does adipic acid give cyclic ketone on heating while glutaric and succinic acid give cyclic anhydride?
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Why are acid catalysed reactions of carbonyl compounds reversible?

I am currently studying aldehydes and ketones and their reactions. I've noticed that acid catalysed reactions are represented with reversible arrows, while base catalysed reactions are shown with ...
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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 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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Why does the proton transfer from the oxygen to the nitrogen atom in imine formation not occur through an intramolecular process?

In my book Organic Chemistry by David Klein, 2nd edition, the book shows that the oxygen atom first takes a proton from an acid, then, the conjugate base of the acid takes a proton from the nitrogen ...
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Which enolate of butanone is more stable?

Consider butanone (A) and its two possible enolates B & C. Which of the two enolates will be more stable? B because of the more stable primary carbanion, or C because of more stable enolate (...
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How can the ketone in a β-ketoester be protected during hydride reduction?

I am supposed to find what X is. I know that $\ce{LiAlH_4}$ will convert all carbonyl groups to alcohols, and the ester group is being reduced. The only way of ending up with a ketone that I can think ...
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Why do electronegative heteroatoms increase C=O stretching frequency (bond strength)

Why does a more electronegative heteroatom (i.e. $\ce{Cl}$ or $\ce{O}$) increase the stretching frequency of a carbonyl? I'd suspect it's that they donate their lone pairs and we end up with a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Reactivity of carbonyl adjacent to cyclopropyl group

We know that cyclopropyl, because of $\ce{sp^{\sim 5}}$, hybrid orbitals behaves much like a double bond. It even takes part in conjugation to stabilise positive charge on carbons adjacent to it. I ...
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Can an enol acetate be formed through Fischer esterification?

Since acetone is converted into its enol form under acidic conditions, could it participate in Fischer esterification to form an enol acetate? For example, would refluxing acetone, p-TSA, and acetic ...
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Reactions of Grignard Reagents with amides

Can Grignard reagents add to amides? It appears from the synthetic pathway shown below that there has been some form of nucleophilic substitution at the carbonyl group. Source: 49th IChO Preparatory ...
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What is the reason for colour in 2,4-Dinitrophenylhydrazine derivatives?

2,4-Dinitrophenylhydrazine is an important laboratory reagent for the detection of Carbonyl (C=O) group. It reacts with Carbonyl group by the typical Nucleophilic Addition-Elimination reaction and if ...
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Decarboxylation mechanism and stability of α,β-unsaturated and α-hydroxy acids

I was wondering why α,β-unsaturated and α-hydroxy acids undergo decarboxylation. Also, I'm aware of neither the products nor mechanism. All I know is that β-keto acids and α-nitro compounds have ...
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What should be the correct sequence of reagents to be used in this reaction?

The correct sequence of reagents for the following conversion will be (1) $\ce{CH3MgBr, H+/CH3OH, [Ag(NH3)2]+OH-}$ (2) $\ce{CH3MgBr, [Ag(NH3)2]+OH-, H+/CH3OH}$ (3) $\ce{[Ag(NH3)2]+...
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Ketal formation of ethyl acetoacetate

Why does the ketone carbonyl group react in preference to the ester carbonyl? Is it something to do with the resonance occurring into the ester carbonyl from the oxygen? but how does this make the ...
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How to explain the different regioselectivity of ketones/imines reacting with LDA?

When 1 equivalent of LDA is reacted with, for example, 2-pentanone, you get the thermodynamic (more substituted) product. But when you react butan-2-imine with 1.0 LDA, you receive the kinetic (less ...
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Primary amine versus phosphoramidate reactivity with succinate esters

I have posted two reactions below. The top reaction is well known and occurs readily and near quantitatively (e.g. in protein modification), while the bottom reaction to my knowledge does not exist in ...
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Why is enol content higher in non-polar solvents?

Apparently, for keto-enol tautomerism, the enol content of a given carbonyl compound increases when in a non-polar solvent. What is the reason for this?
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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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Is the 1,4-adduct of carbonyl compounds ever a major product over the 1,2-adduct?

If, say, propenal undergoes nucleophilic addition of hydrazine, will the 1,2- adduct or the 1,4-adduct be preferred? Why? There is an obvious reasonace structure with an electrophilic beta carbon so ...
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Mechanism of decarboxylation of cyclohexane-1,2-dicarboxylic acid

According to FIITJEE's Sankalp Test-II answer key, it was given that the following compound decarboxylates on heating: Then, I read Why are beta-ketoacids better at decarboxylation than gamma or ...
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Why do carbonyl groups lower antibonding orbital energies of conjugated systems?

In the chapter on conjugation in Organic Chemistry by Clayden, Greeves, Warren and Wothers, there's a brief discussion of pigments with conjugated systems that includes the following paragraph (first ...
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1,4-addition vs 1,2-addition aldol/aldol type reactions

In the aldol/cross aldol reaction, of $α,β$-unsaturated carbonyl compound, under what circumstances does a 1,2-addition i.e. aldol condensation (carbanion formed directly attacking carbon of carbonyl ...
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Reaction of Br2/KOH with succinic anhydride

What products will be formed when $\ce{Br2/KOH}$ reacts with the following compound in water at room temperature? Here is what I think is possible: $\ce{OH-}$ will take up the acidic hydrogen. ...
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Ring contraction in benzilic rearrangement

Wikipedia says that, Benzilic acid rearrangement occurs with ring contraction when used on cyclic diketones. But gave no explanation, can you please elaborate on this with some mechanism. One ...
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Why don't acyl chlorides give positive test with 2,4-DNPH?

In this post, Ron discusses the reasons why carboxylic acid derivatives such as amides, acids and esters do not give a positive result with 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine. He mentions that it is largely ...
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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 ...