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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Reaction of alkenes (localised π bond) with nitrating mixture

The nitrating mixture for the nitration of benzene contains many strong electrophiles (e.g $\ce{H2SO4}$, $\ce{NO2+}$). All of these could, presumably, add across the π bond in a molecule containing a ...
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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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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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Why does (2-methoxyethyl)benzene undergo nitration at the ortho position (major product)?

This is an option in a question in which we needed to mark all the correct reactions: According to the answer key, this is a correct option. As an alkyl group is directly bounded to the benzene ring, ...
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How is this Cope Reaction forming Ethene as major product?

I have been asked to find the major product of the reaction: As this a case of pyrolysis of $3^{\circ}$ Amine Oxide (or, in other words, Cope Reaction), I figured there are two possible products ...
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Does the Henry reaction (nitroaldol reaction) work on carboxylic-acid-derived carbonyls?

In reading about the Henry reaction in textbooks and online, I can't find any treatment of the reaction with the carbonyls of esters or acyl halides. I am imagining the reaction would be similar to ...
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Seeing a case where both + and - mesomeric effect is shown

I came up with that -N=O group shows both +M and -M and I understand that. In my textbook it was written that " -N=O group attached to benzene shows both + m and -m depending on the nature of other ...
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How far does the delocalisation (resonance) effects for substituents extend for a conjugated system?

Let's say we have a conjugated system like this one: Now, the delocalisation of the benzene electrons with the nitrate system means that the ortho, and para positions on the immediate benzene ring ...
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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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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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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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Nitration of (E)-4-Phenyl-3-buten-2-one

What would happen if (E)-4-Phenyl-3-buten-2-one, shown above is nitrated, and is this compound more or less reactive than benzene? My Attempt: By drawing the resonance structures of the above ...
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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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Reduction of nitrobenzene in alkaline medium

My teacher listed out the following set of reactions under the aforementioned topic: He explained the formation of azoxybenzene as follows. Reduction of nitrobenzene produces 2 intermediates: ...
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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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Gaseous nitration of glycerin

Could nitric and nitrous oxides react with glycerin to produce nitroglycerin? What conditions would I need in order to make that work?
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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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Purify 65% nitric acid to 98% (WFNA)

What is the simplest way to purify 65% nitric acid (HNO3) to white fuming nitric acid (WFNA which is 98% pure)? Is it dehydration with concentrated sulfuric acid (H2SO4)? Is distillation needed to be ...
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Reaction of Methyl Cyanide with nitroethane

I want to know the products of reaction of Methyl Cyanide with nitroethane in presence of (Sodium ethoxide + ethanol) and then hydrolysed in concentrated Acidic medium. According to me ,reaction ...
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What's the purpose of an ice bath when preparing a nitration mix from KNO3?

Most preparations for nitrocellulose from $\ce{(KNO3 + H2SO4)}$ mixture require the use of an ice bath during the process of dissolving $\ce{KNO3}$ into $\ce{H2SO4}$. Last time I did this I omitted ...
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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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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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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 ...