Questions tagged [organic-oxidation]

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Mechanism of arene side chain oxidation by permanganate

When treated with hot, concentrated acidic $\ce{KMnO4}$, arenes are oxidised to the corresponding carboxylic acids. For example, toluene is oxidised to benzoic acid. I've tried to examine how this ...
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In what way could benzoin give Tollen's test?

In Q29 of Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) 2016 India, the official answer key mentions that benzoin gives Tollen's test. However, I saw this post which says that it doesn't: Why do α-hydroxy ketones give ...
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What is the mechanism for oxidation of ketones by the Popoff's rule?

Ketones are relatively much harder to oxidise, but they do undergo oxidation reactions at extreme temperatures. Our teacher also told us about Popoff's rule which states that, on oxidation of ...
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Epoxidation with peroxyacids

In this particular epoxidation/hydroxylation reaction, why does the epoxide only form at one of the double bonds and not both? The compound initially reacts with the peroxyacid to form an epoxide, ...
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Monoepoxidation of 1,2-dimethylcyclohexa-1,4-diene using m-CPBA

What is the product formed when 1,2-dimethylcyclohexa-1,4-diene undergoes epoxidation with one equivalent of m-CPBA (meta-chloroperbenzoic acid)? In the epoxidation mechanism, the π-electrons ...
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Can acidified or neutral KMnO4 oxidise toluene to benzoic acid?

Why is alkaline $\ce{KMnO4}$ used in the oxidation of toluene to benzoic acid? Can acidified or neutral $\ce{KMnO4}$ be used in this conversion?
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Does the explosion of TNT include oxidation?

This comment below the question Rocket explosion compared to kT of TNT; has one ever knocked something over at a distance? suggests that ...TNT includes it's own oxidizer... Explosion isn't the ...
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What reagents or series of reactions would allow for selective hydroxylation of an allylic methyl group outside of a ring?

Sample transformation for selective hydroxylation of an allylic methyl group outside of a ring. Selenium dioxide would not work since hydroxylation would be favored inside the ring.
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Why does 3-hydroxy-butan-2-one give positive Tollens' test?

Why does 3-hydroxy-butan-2-one give a positive Tollens' test despite the absence of an aldehyde group? What is the mechanism?