Questions tagged [organic-oxidation]

For questions about oxidation reactions in organic chemistry, where a molecule of interest is oxidised. Do not use for questions on general redox concepts.

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Reaction of fumaric acid and performic acid

Performic acid ($\ce{CH2O3}$) has strong oxidizing properties. So when it reacts with fumaric acid, is this the product (2,3-dihydroxybutanedioic acid) that I should expect?
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Reaction of cyclopropane with hot potassium permanganate

Hot potassium permanganate is usually used as an oxidising agent, and cyclopropane being an unstable three membered ring undergoes reaction with several reagents such as bromine, $\ce{HBr}$, metal ...
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Mechanism of toluene oxidation with CrO3

What is the mechanism for the following oxidation of toluene with $\ce{CrO3}$ in acetic anhydride? Use of chromic oxide ($\ce{CrO3}$): Toluene or substituted toluene is converted to benzylidene ...
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Reaction mechanism of thiol to disulfide oxidation under basic conditions?

I have been looking everywhere for an explanation to a reaction mechanism concerning the oxidation of DTT (or just thiols to disulfides in general) using oxygen as the oxidant. I'm aware that ...
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Shi Epoxidation Issues - Any help would be appreciated

As part of my PhD project, I'm currently looking into running a Shi Epoxidation reaction. The first step is to reproduce the current literature on this reaction by using trans-stilbene as my substrate....
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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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Oxidation of polycyclic aromatic compounds using KMnO4

How is tetracene oxidised by $\ce{KMnO4}?$ It appears that the product is a white solid with a benzene ring inside. What is the reaction mechanism? Is it radical based? Or does the $\ce{MnO4-}$ ion ...
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How does pH affect the degradation of ascorbic acid (vitamin C)?

I know that vitamin C degrades over time (as I understand through oxidation). However, I am having trouble understanding how changing the pH of the solution in which the vitamin C is affects the rate ...
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Oxidation of alkenes by selenium dioxide to diketones

I know that $\ce{SeO2}$ readily affects the allylic position. The reaction mechanism of this reaction goes like this: (Source: Wikipedia; License: Public Domain) But, in my book, there's another ...
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Oxidation of diols using periodic acid

What are the orders of rates of oxidation with $\ce{HIO4}$ of the following diols? Explain with reasons. (a) $\ce{Me2C(OH)C(OH)Me2}$ (b) $\ce{Me2C(OH)CH(OH)Me}$ (c) $\ce{CH2(OH)CH2(OH)}$ (d)...
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Mechanism of oxidation of phenol to quinone by chromium(VI)

In the supplementary information for Org. Lett. 2005, 7 (19), 4297–4300, the following experimental method for the synthesis of 2-bromo-6-methylcyclohexa-2,5-diene-1,4-dione is given: To a ...
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Equivalents Triethylamine in Swern-oxidation

Hey folks, so I've been wondering why the use of 5 equivalents of Et3N in this case of a Swern-oxidation is necessary. I have done this reaction succesfully quite a few times now, but all the ...
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Why is the titratable acidity of my wine going down as it ages and oxidises?

I am currently studying chemistry in grade 12 studies and I have come across a halt in my investigation. The experiment was to see how the increase in ethanol would lead to a more acidic wine, ...
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Cheap but efficient disinfectant / biocide for home lab

EDIT I am forced to reword my question about a chemical mixing ratio. I have seen in Wikipedia that peroxide ($\ce{H2O2}$) and Acetic Acid can be mixed to Peracetic acid - this is an equilibrium. I ...
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Oxidation of diols to dialdehydes

How could 1,4-butanediol be converted to 1,4-butandial (succinic aldehyde)? I thought of simple oxidation with CuO but apparently it yields gamma-butyryllactone according to erowid (https://erowid.org/...
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Why do we dip noble metals (Ir, Pd) into NaOH for an oxide coating in thermal oxidation?

I've noticed that a common technique for creating a layer of oxide onto palladium or iridium is to dip it into high concentrated NaOH prior to putting it in a furnace for ~800C. I've been reading ...
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Can methanol be oxidised by PCC?

Pyridinium chlorochromate (PCC) in $\ce{CH2Cl2}$ can be used to oxidise primary alcohols only to aldehydes. I can't however, find any reference of it oxidising methanol (which is strictly speaking not ...
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Oxidation of certain acids by potassium permanganate

Why does potassium permanganate oxidize formic acid and oxalic acid, but has no reaction with benzoic acid and acetic acid? The reactions were heated in a water bath (~70-80 °C). Oxalic acid had ...
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Last steps of mechanism of Swern Oxidation

My question is regarding Swern oxidation. Why is the methyl group of the DMSO deprotonated and not directly the red hydrogen atom of the R2-CH-O bond deprotonated? Shouldn't it be that oxygen more ...
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Oxidation of Aromatic Methyl to Aldehyde by CAN

I read in my text that Ceric Ammonium Nitrate is used for oxidation of primary alcohols. But the surprising part was that, according to the book, it could oxidise aromatic methyl group to a -CHO group....
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Specific solvents for Wacker-Oxidation

I am currently working on a way to perform a Wacker oxidation of 1-Dodecene into 2-Dodecanone in a continous reaction where it flows through a benchtop NMR, which allows me to monitor the reaction ...
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Cross Cannizzarro reaction for ketones

I want to ask that cross cannizzarro could be possible between any aldehyde + ketone mixture(without alpha H) and we get products as aldehyde get oxidised and ketone get reduced(along with self ...
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Food oxidation (browning) and metal ions

I'm interested to better understand how foods oxidize when they have been cut down with a ceramic knife (other than a traditional steel one) i.e. browning of a sliced apple In particular, I read ...
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Tollens' test with beta hydroxy ketones

My book mentions that 1,5-dihydroxypentan-3-one will not give silver mirror with diammine silver(+1): This seems very counter intuitive to me as the alcoholic group can be easily oxidized to the ...