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Some materials emit more photoelectrons than others - why?

Again, I'm a physicist turning to chemists (so bear with me). So I've been measuring some materials by changing the wavelength of the incident light on the material and I have a detecting tip like in ...
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Do Cyclohexane-1,3-diones Give Positive Haloform Reactions?

Recently a post appeared on ChemSE asking why cyclohexane-1,3-dione (dihydroresorcinol) 1a doesn’t give a positive iodoform test. Unfortunately, the post was subsequently taken down after several ...
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Tetrahedrane Properties and Analogs

I took a look into some tetrahedrane (C4H4) analogs, platonic hydrocarbon, basically very strained tetrahedral geometry at every carbon. I was wondering what will be the predicted delta H of ...
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Can we use phosphorous triiodide in Hell-Volhard-Zelinsky reaction?

With the help of HVZ reaction, we can get alpha-chloro or alpha-bromo carboxylic acid. But can we make alpha-iodocarboxylic acid with the help of HVZ reaction? I could not find any reference of HVZ ...
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Aza-enolates: why no reaction at N

My understanding is that aza-enolates have an advantage over enamines in enolate-type alkylations because the reaction at N is less likely. As a result, unactivated electrophiles can be used (i.e. ...
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Why do alpha-hydroxy ketones respond positively to Tollens', Fehling's, Benedict's, Schiff's and HgCl2 tests?

I learnt from a certain textbook that aldehydes and formic acid respond positively to Tollens', Fehling's, Benedict's, Schiff's and HgCl2 tests. However, in another textbook I read that even alpha-...
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Rationalising diastereoselectivity of hydroboration using stereoelectronics

Using bulky reagents such as 9-BBN, hydroboration is often highly diastereoselective, giving rise to the 1,2-anti diastereomer: This is easily explained using a steric argument, with the major ...
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Green colour resulting from the formation of pi complex

Peter Sykes mentions in Guidebook to Mechanism in Organic Chemistry (6th ed.) on p.132 that there would significant differences in physical properties of the resultant mixture when we: React ...
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Color of methoxy substituted phenyl rings when heated in the presence of acid

Anyone who's familiar with organic synthesis will probably have came across the DMB and PMB protecting groups. When TLC-ing compounds containing these protecting groups using common stains like ...
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Finding the wavelength of maximum absorption of Tartrazine using Fieser-Kuhn

How would you use Fieser-Kuhn rules to calculate the wavelength of maximum absorption for tartrazine? Fieser-Kuhn rules states that: $\lambda_{max}=114+5M+n(48-1.7n)-16.5\ R_{endo} - 10\ R_{exo}$ ...
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Why does magnesium prefer to insert into C–Br bonds over C–Cl bonds?

In the formation of a Grignard reagent from a compound possessing both bromine and chlorine, magnesium preferentially inserts into the C–Br bond over the C–Cl bond. For example, the formation of a ...
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What is the difference between Fukui FMO approach and Woodward-Hoffmann rules?

If I understand correctly Frontier MO-theory is based on the perturbation theory of reactivity and the Woodward-Hoffmann rules consider conservation of orbital symmetry. Does FMO use symmetry ...
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Does the alpha effect apply to third row elements?

Alkylperoxy anions are stronger nucleophiles than alkoxides (the so-called alpha effect), but would an alkyldisulfide anion be a better nucleophile than an alkylthiolate anion?
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Free Web-Based Orbital Solver to look into the Walsh orbitals of a perturbed cyclopropane

There exists a free online orbital calculator. When I draw cyclopropane it plots three molecular orbitals, but unfortunately it doesn't use the Walsh orbitals. Are there any free online tools which ...
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Frontier orbital analysis of zinc-catalysed carbonyl-ene reaction

Q1. Is the $\sigma_\ce{C-H}$ bond a donor in this reaction? If not, then can we take the alternate combination (HOMO of alkene, LUMO of the $\ce{C-H}$ bond and, HOMO of the carbonyl)? Q2. We can also ...
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Mechanism of Hypervalent Iodine Phenolic Coupling

I need some help understanding the hypervalent iodine phenolic coupling reaction taking place in this synthesis of morphine, the reaction uses $\ce{PhI(OAc)2}$ as the hypervalent reagent and ...
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Why does 1,4-diiodobenzene have a non-zero dipole moment?

From this answer, I came to know that 1,4-diiodobenzene has a dipole moment of $0.19~\rm D$ in benzene at $20\ ^\circ\rm C$. On the basis of symmetry, I'd expect the bond moments due to the difference ...
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Can I make a mirror on PET plastic using Tollen's reaction?

I want to make a very shiny surface, like a mirror. I tried to use chrome paint but it's barely shiny. It's more like gray even though I bought one of the most expensive chrome looking paint. I know ...
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Role of pH in azo C-coupling reaction, continued

In the question, "What is the role of pH in azo coupling reaction of diazonium with phenol and aniline?" asked by @DhrubaBanerjee and answered by @Klaus-DieterWarzecha, I find several ends ...
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Why does reduction using sodium borohydride require a protic solvent?

Recently, I was looking at the chapter on chemoselectivity in Clayden et al.'s Organic Chemistry (2nd ed.). On p. 530, it is mentioned that sodium borohydride reduction only occurs in protic solvents ...
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Why are lithium (Z)-enolates more stereoselective than (E)-enolates in aldol reactions?

In aldol reactions, it is apparently a general rule of thumb that (Z)-enolates give higher stereoselectivity (for the syn aldol product) than (E)-enolates do for the anti product. Quoting Carey & ...
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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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How would you measure the rate of this SN1 reaction?

I am performing the following $\mathrm{S_N1}$ reaction: $$\ce{t-BuOH + HCl -> t-BuCl + H2O}$$ I would also like to measure the rate of this reaction, but I cannot seem to find a way. I initially ...
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Where is bifurcation situated on cyclohexane isomerisation PES?

I am wondering what does PES for cyclohexane isomerisation looks like. I have two possibilities in mind but each has some kind of vagueness. 1) Starting from boat conformation minimum, followed by ...
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Stereoselectivity of 1,3-dipolar cycloadditions

How do the 1,3-dipolar cycloadditions follow the endo rule as in the reaction below, where the anti diastereoisomer is formed predominantly?
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Grubbs, Wittig & hydroboration reactions and Woodward-Hoffmann rules

Several organic mechanisms I know involve [2+2] cycloadditions and retro-[2+2] cycloadditions, namely: The Wittig reaction Hydroboration of an alkene Olefin metathesis (using Grubbs' catalyst) How ...
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Why do poisoned catalysts (Lindlar, nickel borate) result in partial hydrogenation of alkynes?

I read that alkene is more reactive than alkyne, so in hydrogenation of alkynes, it's difficult to isolate the alkenes. But with poisoned catalysts like Lindlar's catalyst or Nickel-Boron (Ni2B), they ...
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Distilling milligram quantities of oil like it's late 1970s

In a currently retracted* manuscript by Tomas Hudlicky [1, Retraction Watch] the following has been noted: Fifty years ago professors took an active part in all laboratory instructions and they ...
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Is there a reliable chemical theory that predicts pKa based on structure?

Obviously, there are general stability arguments that can be made to estimate relative pKas, such as evaluating the stability of the conjugate base of an acid, or thinking about how polarized the bond ...
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What is the hybridization state of the carbon atoms in [10]annulene?

I know that one of the more stable structures of [10]annulene or cyclodecapentaene is planar boat-shaped. But that means the hybridization state of the carbons must have changed to suit the geometry. ...
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The Action of Nitrogen Iodide on Methyl Ketones

I recently encountered two old publications on action of nitrogen iodide on various compounds (Ref.1 and Ref.2). Between them, Ref.1 described the idoform formation by methyl ketones upon treatment of ...
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Is the 9H-fluoren-9-ylium cation aromatic?

In this cation, there are two individual benzene rings which are aromatic. But in the entire π system, there are 12 π-electrons which should make it antiromatic. Which is correct?
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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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Bredt's rule applied to fused bicyclic systems

Ultimate question: Is Bredt's rule equally valid for fused bicyclic system (no bridgehead alkenes without a ring 8 carbons or more), but for other reasons (historical?) it is only defined as applying ...
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Is hydronium an electrophile, nucleophile, both or neither?

Is hydronium an electrophile or a nucleophile? I expected $\ce{H3O+}$ to be a nucleophile due to the presence of electrons in the $\ce{2p}$ orbitals of $\ce{O}$. But the answer key of the test states ...
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How can organocuprates generated with catalytic Cu(I) be competitive in 1,4-addition to an enone?

Organocopper compounds (e.g. $\ce{LiCuR_2}$) are often prepared from an organolithium or Grignard reagent when a soften nucleophile is needed, such as for a conjugate addition to an $\alpha,\beta$-...
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Why does phenol react on oxygen in the Gattermann–Koch reaction?

When discussing the Gattermann–Koch reaction on phenol substrates, it has been said that O-acylation is a problematic competing reaction as in a phenol, there's high electron density on the O atom [...
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Accurate textbook about synthesis of (organophosphorus) chemical warfare agents

Lately I've been interested in the chemistry of nerve agents due to reading Patrick's Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry in which they were only briefly discussed. I bought the Handbook of Toxicology ...
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Which of the five conformers of propyl propanoate is most stable?

I've worked out five different conformations of propyl propanoate: I think the bisected conformations (E) should be the most stable one. Are my rationals and suggestions in my scheme correct?
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Can an SN1 reaction occur in compounds with the leaving group attached to a primary carbon, which can later rearrange?

Can SN1 reactions occur in compounds where the carbocation, even though is is initially $1^\circ$, can rearrange to form a more stable carbocation? Examples cases:
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Which singlet dihalocarbene has the strongest carbon-halogen bond?

There are three singlet carbenes - difluorocarbene, dichlorocarbene and dibromocarbene. Which has the strongest carbon halogen bond? Obviously backbonding is a point to be considered, as carbene is ...
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Alcohol to Ketone by CrO3 in cyclohexane

I have encountered an exercise question on conformation of cyclohexane and there is a statement saying, 'converting alcohol to ketone by CrO3 is much faster when R-OH is in axial position'. I would ...
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Temperature control and side reactions in PPAA (T3P) couplings

In a lot of procedures for amide couplings (acid + amine) using PPAA, the coupling agent is added to a cooled solution of the acid, amine, and a non-nucleophilic base such as DIPEA. This is done even ...
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Mechanism for Ce(IV) Oxidation of Naphthalene

S. Cotton's Lanthanide and Actinide Chemistry reports that naphthalene can be oxidized to naphthalene-1,4-dione using cerric ammonium sulfate (CAS), $\ce{MeCN, H2SO4},$ and $\ce{H2O}$.1 No mechanism ...
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Geometry of a free radical at the bridgehead carbon

With reference to J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1968, 90 (19), 5266–5267, they state: The most favorable geometry of aliphatic free radicals remains an unsolved problem, since existing data are consistent with a ...
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How is NaBH4 able to reduce tertiary alkyl halides to alkane but LiAlH4 create an alkene?

When attacking tertiary alkyl halides, aren't both of them just supposed to follow $\mathrm{S_N2}$ and substitute the leaving group with Hydride ion? Apparently only $\ce{NaBH4}$ does it and $\ce{...
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Cyclic polyynes

Cyclic polyynes have been proposed as theoretical compounds to illustrate the “particle on a ring” model discussed in many quantum chemistry courses. I've looked it up on Wikipedia but there it's not ...
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Can you use a photon's torque to change a molecule?

Can you use the torque of a photon to change bond angles, etc.? 11-Cis-Retinal to the all trans version, in the eye, is a good illustration [1]. Note: This phenomenon can be observed by closing ...
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SN1 reactivity order for chloromethyl methyl ether and trityl chloride

Compare the reactivity order towards SN1 reaction for: (2-chloropropan-2-yl)cyclopropane $\ce{CH3OCH2Cl}$ $\ce{Ph3CCl}$ Owing to the exceptional stability of cyclopropyl ethyl ...
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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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