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Why is pyrimidine less basic than pyridine?

From Wikipedia's article on pyrimidine: Because of the decreased basicity compared to pyridine, electrophilic substitution of pyrimidine is less facile. But why is pyrimidine less basic than ...
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How can I determine if there are π-π interactions between an amide and an aromatic ring in a protein?

In a crystal structure I've determined, a triazole ring on my ligand appears to be stacking with a tyrosine (top in picture): However, there is also an amide, courtesy a glutamine, near it (bottom). ...
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Dipole moments of pyrrole and furan

Why do pyrrole and furan have dipoles oriented in different directions?
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What is the mechanism of the reaction between hexane-2,5-dione and nitrous acid?

I don't understand the mechanism of the first reaction; I tried different ways but I can usually find how to make the ring without the double bonds, but it's obviously not the right thing; I think ...
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Which carbons in pyrrole have the highest electron density?

In pyrrole, which carbon atoms have the greatest electron density? In the resonance structures of pyrrole, all carbons can formally bear a negative charge, so it's not immediately obvious which one ...
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Multiplet shape in proton NMR of morpholines

I recently carried out a Buchwald–Hartwig reaction to attach a morpholin-4-yl group to an aromatic ring: In the proton NMR of the (columned) product, I found the peaks corresponding to the morpholine ...
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Why are fluorides more reactive in nucleophilic aromatic substitutions than bromides?

In nucleophilic aromatic substitution reactions, why do fluorides react faster than bromides? Ordinarily bromide is a better leaving group than fluoride, e.g. in $\mathrm{S_N2}$ reactions, so why isn'...
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Is this sydnone aromatic?

Is the following molecule aromatic? It does seem like it will be aromatic because it is similar to furan. I am confused because of the positive charge on the $\ce{N}$.
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Reaction of furan with chloroform in base

This reaction looks like the Riemer-Tiemann reaction. The only difference is the reactant. First step is the formation of carbene. Second step involves the attack of π-electrons of furan on the vacant ...
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Why is the exo product formed in the Diels–Alder reaction between furan and maleic anhydride?

For most Diels–Alder reactions, the major product is endo because there are favourable interactions between the newly forming pi bond and the electron withdrawing groups of the dienophile. Why is the ...
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Regioselectivity in electrophilic substitution of pyrrole

In the electrophilic aromatic substitution (EAS) of pyrrole, why is the alpha position preferred over the beta position so much?
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Directionality of ring current-induced magnetic fields in purines

What would be the directions of ring current-induced magnetic fields in purine-like heterocycles in a ​strong magnetic field? Would be the antiparallel state be a default state for these substances in ...
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What is the IUPAC preferred name of this tetracyclic natural product?

On page 819 of Vollhardt, Organic Chemistry 7th Ed., the following "subunit of the antibacterial platensimycin" appears. I have attempted to apply von Baeyer and skeletal replacement ('a') ...
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Why is the 2-position of pyridine electron richer than the 4 position

I am wondering about the electronic structure of pyridine. If we look at nucleophilic substitution, which favored on electron poor centers, for 2-chloro and 4-chloro pyridine we see that the ...
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What's the mechanism of the reaction of (E)-methyl 3-(furan-2-yl)acrylate in acidic methanol?

In the organic chemistry textbook by Clayden et al. they mention that the reaction of (E)-methyl 3-(furan-2-yl)acrylate in acidic methanol yields dimethyl 4-oxoheptanedioate without providing the ...
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Reaction of substituted furan with methyl vinyl ketone with subsequent rearomatisation

I am supposed to provide a mechanism for the above transformation. I observed that the order of substituents on the product is same as that on furan, and since furan undergoes Diels–Alder reactions, I ...
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Are nucleophilic aromatic substitutions stepwise or concerted?

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about nucleophilic aromatic substitution (SNAr) reactions apparently being concerted instead of stepwise (e.g. Krämer, K. Textbook aromatic substitution ...
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Ring opening of aziridinylmethyl and oxiranylmethyl radicals

When a radical is alpha to a three-membered ring, it is common for the ring to open via β-scission (to relieve ring strain): When the ring contains a heteroatom there are a couple of different ...
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Mechanism for Amino-Imidazole Ring Fission

A reaction I've tried several times in the past is the hydrogenation of nitroimidazole derivative shown below. The amino product is extremely unstable and rapidly decomposes. This instability is ...
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Does folic acid contain a benzyl or a phenyl group?

I'm studying for my MCAT currently and I stumbled upon this question. It gives the structure of a folic acid molecule and asks what functional groups can be found within the molecule. I understand ...
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What is the reaction mechanism between acetophenone and ethyl phenylpropiolate to form a 2-pyrone?

I am looking for the mechanism of the following reaction (I believe it is a type of Michael reaction), which is in the textbook "Advanced Organic Chemistry Part B: Reaction and Synthesis" by ...
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Comparing basicity of imidazole and 2-imidazoline

I recently sat for an exam in which I was asked to compare the basicity of the above compounds. I thought imidazole would be more basic because it is aromatic but according to the answer key 2-...
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Is cyanidin aromatic?

The structure of cyanidin is as follows: There are eight double bonds in the entire compound, and hence $8 \times 2 = 16$ π-electrons, which does not satisfy the $4n + 2$ rule. However, the molecule ...
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Why is the lone pair of pyridine's nitrogen atom not part of the aromatic ring?

In pyrrole, the lone pair of electrons belonging to the nitrogen is part of the aromatic ring. However, in pyridine it is part of an sp2-hybridized orbital. Why can't it be in the p-orbital and take ...
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When do lone pairs on nitrogen contribute to aromaticity?

I've been told that 1,2,4-trimethyl-1⁠H-imidazole is aromatic. As it has four obvious pi electrons (in the double bonds), I assumed that it was anti-aromatic as opposed to aromatic. I've been ...
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Nitration of pyrrole with sulfuric and nitric acids

Would 2,5-dinitropyrrole be a product of nitration of pyrrole with $\ce{H2SO4/HNO3}$? It seems that 2,5-dinitropyrrole is not formed when using $\ce{Ac2O/HNO3}$ (ref 1). Is this just because of the ...
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Regioselectivity in electrophilic aromatic substitution of benzofuran and indole

Why does benzofuran react preferentially at position 2 when nitrated or formylated, while indole reacts preferentially at position 3 (source: Joule and Mills, Heterocyclic Chemistry 5th ed., p 371)?
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Why does selenophene not undergo aromatic substitution?

Other derivatives like thiophene, pyrrole give electrophilic substitution but why not selenophene? Is it because selenophene does not have enough electron donating effect and not having its electrons ...
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Regioselectivity of an amination reaction of 2,6-dichloro-3-nitropyridine

In the formation of ethyl 4-(6-chloro-3-nitropyridin-2-yl)piperazine-1-carboxylate G, why is the substitution favoured at the 2-position? I would have said that the 6-position substitution is ...
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Is the middle ring of this organic compound aromatic?

Is the middle ring with 5 atoms of (4⁠Z)-4-[(4-methoxyphenyl)methylidene]-5-methyl-2-phenyl-2,4-dihydro-3⁠H-pyrazol-3-one aromatic? The carbonyl group could become a negatively charged oxygen, the ...
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Why are carbons of Inositol chiral centers?

I was asked to draw all possible stereoisomers of inositol (1,2,3,4,5,6-cyclohexanehexol). To obtain the answer I had to assume that all six carbons of the molecule are asymmetric, which (bearing in ...
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Nucleophilic aromatic substitution on pyrimidines: C2 vs C4 selectivity

[There are many similar questions on Chemistry.SE (e.g. 1, 2) and a quick search will reveal all of them, but nothing on this in particular.] The reaction of 2,4-halopyrimidines with nucleophiles ...
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Is the term "heteroatom" reserved for exclusive elements?

From my experience, typically in organic chemistry, the implication of "hetero-atom" in some molecule is understood as B, N, O, S, P or a halogen -- or any nonmetallic element, perhaps. If one ...
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What do the numbers in the preferred IUPAC name for ascorbic acid mean?

If I look up the IUPAC name of ascorbic acid, I find this: (5R)-[(1S)-1,2-Dihydroxyethyl]-3,4-dihydroxyfuran-2(5H)-one. I am used to numbering of molecules in a way like the ...
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What's special about the purine scaffold?

Purine is a remarkable substance, given Nature has chosen it as the scaffold for two nucleobases from DNA/RNA: adenine (A) and guanine (G). Its structure also appears in several other substances of ...
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Why is pyridine a monodentate ligand, but pyrrole a tridentate ligand?

Is it correct to say pyridine’s non-bonding electron pair does not participate in electron resonance while pyrrole’s non-bond electron participates in electron resonance? Would therefore pyridine’s ...
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Reaction of potassium cyanide with 2-(chloromethyl)furan

What would the mechanism for the reaction between 2-(chloromethyl)furan and potassium cyanide be, as detailed below? I know that for 6-membered rings like pyridine, a $\mathrm{S_NAr}$ reaction can ...
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Regioselectivity in the formation of an imidazo[1,2-a]pyrimidine

In the heterocycle synthesis below (taken from Org. Process Res. Dev. 2006, 10 (3), 398–402), a 5,6-fused heterocycle (an imidazo[1,2-a]pyrimidine) is formed by treating 2-amino-4-(trifluoromethyl)...
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Regioselectivity of electrophilic aromatic substitution in imidazo[1,2-a]pyrazine

I am supposed to rationalise the regioselectivity of bromination of 8-chloroimidazo[1,2-a]pyrazine, as depicted in the scheme. The left ring kind of looks like a pyridazine. If it's anything like a ...
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Are crown ethers "recycled", typically?

I know that crown ethers have the interesting property of strongly complexing alkali metals, which allows them to be used in organic solvents (eg. as "dissolving-activity enhancing agents" for ...
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What are the IUPAC names for singly- and doubly-protonated piperazine?

If ammonia, $\ce{NH3}$, is protonated, it becomes ammonium: $\ce{NH4+}$. If piperidine is protonated, it becomes piperidinium: If piperazine is protonated once, what does it become? By analogy, I ...
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Which rings of this heterocyclic compound are aromatic?

I am wondering which of the inner two rings of this compound are aromatic? I know the rules for aromaticity. But this case is difficult for me. Regarding the smaller ring, I guess the sulfur ...
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Is the conjugate base of pyrrole resonance stabilised?

This is something I am conceptually struggling with, if I deprotonate pyrrole on the nitrogen in the ring, is it true that the conjugate base is not resonance stabilised, because the orbital is ...
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Why is imidazole considered an electron deficient heterocycle?

A paper I'm looking at1 mentions a few electron deficient heterocycles: electron deficient heterocyclic compounds such as di(azines), benzothiazole and imidazole... What are the criteria to ...
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Exceptionally weak basicity of pyridine [duplicate]

It is often explained that the relatively lower basicity of pyridine, relative to most amines, is due to the fact that the $\ce {N}$ lone pair resides in an $\ce {sp^2}$ hybridised orbital, instead of ...
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Why do dithiins have 8 π-electrons?

It is mentioned on Wikipedia that dithiins have 8 π-electrons. Why is this so? I was thinking it would suffice for just one of the lone pairs on one of the sulfur atoms to participate in resonance ...
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How to check for geometrical isomerism in cyclic compounds?

I have no problem with identifying whether a given molecule has geometrical isomerism if it's not cyclic. But cyclic compounds are confusing for me. For example, how to check whether the following ...
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Regioselectivity in Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution of Pyrrole and Indole

If we look into the structures of Pyrrole and Indole, they are very similar. Only Indole has one extra Benzene ring attached to it, i.e. if we attach one Benzene ring to Pyrrole, what we'll have is ...
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Side chain hydroxylation of pyrrole

What reagents are required to form 1-[1,5-dimethyl-3-phenyl-4-(propan-2-yl)-1⁠H-pyrrol-2-yl]propan-1-ol with 1,2-dimethyl-4-phenyl-3-(propan-2-yl)-5-propyl-1⁠H-pyrrole as starting material? Is it ...
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What is the order of stability of the resonance structures of furan?

I want to know which are the most stable furan resonance structures. I know that structure number 1 is the most stable, but which one comes after?
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