Questions tagged [nitro-compounds]

For questions about the synthesis, properties, and reactions of organic compounds containing the -NO2 group i.e. nitro-compounds.

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What's the purpose of an ice bath when preparing a nitration mix from KNO3

Most preparations for nitrocellulose from KNO3+H2SO4 mixture require the use of an ice bath during the process of dissolving KNO3 into H2SO4. Last time I did this I omitted this step and the ...
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A question about nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide

In the structure of NAD+, why does the nitrogen of pyridine bind covalently to the the first carbon of glucose while the anion stabilizing the nicotine amide ion is the phosphate group? In other words,...
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A question about thiamine [closed]

How does the the nitrogen of thiazole in thiamine acquire a positive charge without being stabilized by another negative charge or by being a salt of an anion?
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What products do 4-nitrobenzaldehyde and 3-nitrobenzaldehyde give in a crossed Cannizzaro reaction and why?

What are the products of reaction of 4-nitrobenzaldehyde with 3-nitrobenzaldehyde in the presence of $\ce{NaOH}$ when they show Cannizzaro reaction? To my understanding, 4-nitrobenzaldehyde has more ...
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How to get the strongest reaction out of 1kg of guncotton in a space of 15*15*15 meters without using an additional gas source

It would be burnt outside at about 2 degrees Celsius with about 75 percent air humidity, 1400 meters above sea level. Even though that's not exactly true, I'll treat it like pure guncotton. I'm asking ...
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Selective reduction of nitro group to amine, in benzene ring containing nitrile?

I would like to know if there is a possible route of synthesis that may reduce the shown compound A to the following product B. I would normally reduce a nitro to an amine using $\ce{Pd/C}$ and $\ce{...
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Acidity order of nitrophenols

As in other posts I have seen and learnt that, if one is given four compounds, namely para-nitrophenol, ortho-nitrophenol, meta-nitrophenol and phenol and is told to arrange them in order of acidity, ...
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Acidic strength of phenol derivatives

While comparing the strengths of o-nitrophenol and p-nitrophenol, p-nitrophenol is found to be more acidic. The reason I studied for this is $\ce{H}$-bonding in o-nitrophenol which makes the acid more ...
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Is it possible to create weaker version of guncotton by replacing cotton wool with wood chips or linen cloth?

If the cotton wool was replaced by wood chips or linen (flax) cloth, would the mixture of nitric and sulfuric acids still react with the cellulose in it to produce nitrocellulose? If it would, would ...
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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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Nitrosonium ion in the nitration of phenols

Peter Sykes mentions in the book Guidebook to Mechanism in Organic Chemistry (6th ed.) on p. 137 that: Highly reactive aromatic compounds, such as phenol, are found to undergo ready nitration even ...
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How to weight picric acid?

Picric acid is stored under a layer of water to prevent an explosion. What is the right way to measure the amount of picric acid that taken out? It is wet and containing water.
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The structure of exploding buckminsterfullerene-nitrous oxide compounds

Recently, looking into structures of buckminsterfullerenes, I have found several articles claiming that attaching 12, or “several” nitrous oxide molecules to the buckminsterfullerene will cause it to ...
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Favoured position in nitration of pyrrole [duplicate]

I try to figure out the preferred position of nitration (determine whether compound A or B is the major product) by looking at the resonance structures of the intermediate cation. The solution then ...
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Which has greater N-O bond length: NO or NOCl?

I came across this question. According to me NO should have a shorter bond length as it has a triple bond, while NOCl has a double bond. But the answer is given that NO has greater bond length than ...
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Fast way to isolate 4-nitrophenol from 4-aminophenol

I'm working in the lab with a very old (like 30 years old) sample of 4-nitrophenol, wich of course has been reduced with the time to 4-aminophenol. I need to isolate both reagents and work only with ...
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Any method for testing Nitrate and Nitrite in biological fluids like aqueous humour?

If anyone knows the methods of detection of nitrate and nitrite in biological fluids such as aqueous humor, saliva of animals, please let me know. Any relevant literature for the same is available, ...
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Nitration of aniline

(b) Nitration: Direct nitration of aniline yields tarry oxidation products in addition to the nitro derivatives. Moreover, in the strongly acidic medium, aniline is protonated to form the anilinium ...
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Why is the trimethylammonium group a stronger electron withdrawing group than the nitro group?

I was working on a question that basically boils down to deciding whether the nitro group ($\ce{-NO2}$) or the trimethylammonium group ($\ce{-N+(CH3)3}$) on a benzene ring, is a stronger electron ...
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Reaction of nitro compounds with strong alkali?

Why does a primary and a secondary nitro compound behave as an acid in the presence of strong alkali whereas tertiary nitro compounds do not? Can anyone explain it with reactions?
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Structure of N2O2

I've drawn a structure of $\ce{N2O2}$ like this: $$\ce{:\overset{\large.\!\!.}{\underset{\large.\!\!.}{O}}-N#N-\overset{\large.\!\!.}{\underset{\large.\!\!.}{O}}:}$$ I don't know if it's possible. ...
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Selective nitro reduction of poly nitro compounds

Is there any way through which I could selectively reduce one $\ce{NO2}$ group from a dinitro- or trinitro- compound to an amine. I was reading Solomons and Frhyle and it says that m-dinitrobenzene ...
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Preference for tin or iron in the reduction of nitrobenzene

My NCERT book(Class 12) said the following for reduction of nitrobenzene using $\ce{Sn/HCl}$ and $\ce{Fe/HCl}$ : Now, I have been following this mechanism for this particular reduction, and it seems ...
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Why does a mixture of nitrous acid with concentrated nitric acid cause nitration of benzene instead of nitrosation?

A question came up in our worksheet to predict the reaction product of nitrous acid and concentrated nitric acid with benzene. I quickly recognized it to be similar to the nitration reaction. ...
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Nitration of aromatic compound with alkyl substituents

For 1,1,4,4-tetramethyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydronaphthalene: What would be the products following a standard nitration with $\ce{NO2+}$? My reasoning is thus: Since the substituent group is alkyl then it ...
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Methylation of nitroalkanes with diazomethane

It is known that diazomethane can methylate various compounds with acidic hydrogens. Diazomethane is most well-known for the efficient synthesis of methyl esters from carboxylic acids. Clayden, ...
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What is the major product of the nitration of N,N-dimethylaniline? [duplicate]

What is the major product when N,N-dimethylaniline, $\ce{C6H5N(CH3)2}$, reacts with concentrated nitric acid (conc. $\ce{HNO3}$) in presence of concentrated sulphuric acid (conc. $\ce{H2SO4}$)? Here, ...
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Converting phenol to para-nitrophenol via nitrosophenol

Our class 12 text book says that if we treat phenol with mixture of concentrated $\ce HNO_3$ and $\ce H_2SO_4$, instead of nitration, the ring is oxidized to quinone. So, the book proposes that we ...
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Chemoselectivity in reduction of 3′-nitroacetophenone

When 3′-nitroacetophenone is treated with sodium borohydride, only the carbonyl group is reduced (top); however, when reacted with tin and hydrochloric acid only the nitro group is reduced (bottom). ...
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Reaction mechanism for reduction of nitrobenzene to aniline in catalytic and acidic media

Can anyone explain the reaction mechanism of the two reactions given below? They are the conversion of nitrobenzene to aniline in catalytic ($\ce{H2/Pd}$ in ethanol) and acidic ($\ce{Sn/HCl}$ or $\ce{...
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How can an aromatic ketone be reduced in the presence of a nitro group?

Is it possible to reduce an acyl group to an alkane, but still keep a nitro group intact without its reduction to an amino group? A Clemmensen reduction would reduce the nitro group, and it seems like ...
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Are there any reducing agents for reduction of nitrobenzene to aniline other than Sn/HCl?

I was taught that Sn/HCl should be used for reduction of nitrobenzene to aniline. Can I ask if there are any alternative reducing agents (for example, LiAlH4?) to do the same task?
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Compatibility of Grignard reagents with aromatic nitro groups [closed]

Is it possible to form a Grignard reagent from 1-chloro-3-nitrobenzene, as shown below? Specifically, will the nitro group react with the Grignard reagent formed?
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How to selectively convert benzene to p-nitrotoluene?

I converted benzene into toluene by Friedel-Crafts alkylation reaction. Then by nitration I got two compounds o-nitrotoluene and p-nitrotoluene. Is it possible to get only p-nitrotoluene?
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Major product in nitration

My approach was that when the carbon attached was a secondary one, it would have a greater inductive effect compared to the primary one. Why is the answer 3? Is it due to steric reasons or am I ...
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Nitrobenzene reduction with (tin) Sn catalyst: Why is C-H bond cleavage preferred over O-H bond cleavage?

I am trying to understand this mechanism for nitrobenzene reduction with $\ce{Sn/HCl}$. I do not understand why it implies that you pull off the $\ce{C-H}$ hydrogen instead of the $\ce{O-H}$ hydrogen ...
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Methylnitrobenzene ring formation Synthetic Route

I know the malonic ester is probably used to make propanoic acid or some carboxylic acid, and then joined to the methylnitrobenzene. But I just can't figure out what glues to the methyl. I know the ...
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Reaction between phenol and nitrous acid

My question is about the products formed when phenol reacts with nitrous acid. I googled it and reached this PubChem paper (DOI: 10.1016/S0045-6535(02)00857-3), which states: It was found that ...
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What is the function of nitrobenzene as a solvent in Friedel Crafts alkylation reaction?

I would like to know what is the function of nitrobenzene as a solvent in Friedel Crafts alkylation reaction. Answer to this question suggests that Friedel Crafts reaction is not possible with ...
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Can the electrophile attack at the position of the NH2 group in nitration of aniline?

In the nitration of aniline, we observe the formation of a meta-substituted product (47%) almost as much as a para (52%). However, can't the electrophile attack at the position where $\ce{-NH2}$ is ...
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Color change of nitroglycerin. Potential hazard?

I recently nitrated around (~7mL) of glycerol through a process I have performed many times before. The nitroglycerin has been stored for ~3 weeks, and I noticed a drastic change in color from clear ...
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Are groups other than carbonyl reduced by Clemmensen reduction?

According to my textbook, Clemmensen reduction reduces only aldehydes and ketones to alkanes. But in this question: $\ce{Zn-Hg/HCl}$ has reduced both the ketonic and nitro group. Correct answer given ...
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How to convert benzene to 2-nitrostyrene as the major product?

How to convert benzene to 2-nitrostyrene as the major product? I actually came up with a conversion but I don't know if it's correct or not:
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Which set of reactants is better for preparation of 1-methoxy-4-nitrobenzene?

I've got two set of reactants: 4-nitrobromobenzene + sodium methoxide sodium 4-nitrophenoxide + bromomethane I've got to tell which reaction is more preferable among these two. The first reaction ...
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Reaction of an alkyl halide with silver nitrite

I want to know that whether both alkyl nitrite and nito alkane are produced or if nitroalkane is the only product. There are many different (contradicting) things written in different books that is ...
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Selectivity of Zinin Reduction

What is it, that makes the Zinin Reduction a selective reduction, and not a complete reduction, in the case of dinitrobenzenes? Also, is the reaction a selective one even when it is done for aliphatic ...
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Synthesis of 2-methyl-4-nitrophenol from benzene?

Benzene first reacts with the reagents $\ce{CH3Cl/AlCl3}$, to attach a methyl ($\ce{CH3}$) group to the benzene ring. Then I suggested reacting with $\ce{OH-}$. Because the methyl group is an ...
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Why are nitro compounds with at least one alpha-H soluble in NaOH?

Are all the nitro-compounds having at least one alpha-$\ce{H}$ soluble in $\ce{NaOH}$? And what does solubility has to do with alpha-$\ce{H}$? I was reading about tautomerism today and got stuck on ...
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Why is picric acid more acidic than carbonic acid?

I just had a question in a test asking to compare the relative acidity of picric acid (TNP) and carbonic acid, $\ce{H2CO3}$ (not phenol). It turns out that TNP is more acidic. I have no idea why? Is ...
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What is Y-aromaticity? Is the trinitromethanide anion aromatic?

The wikipedia article on trinitromethane claims that: There is some evidence that the anion (which obeys the $4n+2$ Hückel rule) is aromatic. Unfortunately the citation is behind a paywall so I ...