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 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 ...
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Is the aromaticity broken in some resonance structures of para-nitro-aminobenzene?

According to my course of organic chemistry, para-nitro-aminobenzene has to break his aromaticity to delocalize the electrons of the amino-group in the nitro-group. I don't really see this, when I ...
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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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Why does nitration of N,N-dimethylaniline occur at the meta position?

The nitration of N,N-dimethylaniline with $\ce{H2SO4}$ and $\ce{HNO3}$ gives mainly the meta product, even though $\ce{-NMe2}$ is an ortho,para-directing group. Why is this so?
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Mechanism of initiation in contact explosives?

It's well known that undiluted nitroglycerin will explode when subjected to a physical shock. What is happening as a result of the physical shock that sets off the explosive reaction? In particular, ...
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Reduction of α,β-unsaturated nitro compounds

Would it be possible to reduce a α,β-unsaturated nitro compound to a saturated amine using for example $\ce{NaBH4}$? I know these kind of compounds will be reduced by hydrogenation using a $\ce{Pt/C}$ ...
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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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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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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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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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Amine addition to nitro group

What is the mechanisms of this reaction? How feasible is this reaction? Can it happen under relatively mild conditions if it is intermolecular?
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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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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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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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Cannizzaro reaction versus Nitroaldol reaction

In Clayden et al. on p. 696 the following nitroaldol reaction is listed: Later in the same chapter they explain the Cannizzaro reaction. Why is the yield of this nitroaldol reaction particularly ...
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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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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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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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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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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?