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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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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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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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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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Mechanism of oxidative dearomatisation with hypervalent iodine

The following step was taken from the synthesis of Kinamycin C on SynArchive. It employs the use of a peculiar reagent, that is, bis(acetoxy)iodobenzene (BAIB), also known as phenyliodine(III) ...
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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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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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Partial oxidation of toluene

While reading the preparation of phenol from cumene by reaction with $\ce{H2O2}$ or partial oxidation, I was curious to find out why toluene wasn't used. I checked the literature and found that ...
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Chemical Reaction Alternative to O2 Respiration in H2/N2 Atmosphere [closed]

Note: If this question does not belong on this Stack Exchange, please direct me to a more appropriate Stack Exchange. This is a "creative chemistry" question as much or more-so than a "give me the ...
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The oxidation of aldehydes and alpha-diketones with peroxy compounds

Recently, I have been reading up on the Baeyer-Villiger (BV) oxidation. The oxidation is most commonly discussed for ketones. However, the oxidation also works for aldehydes and $\alpha$-diketones (...
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Action of hot alkaline KMnO4 on tert butyl benzene

Side chain oxidation of aryl alkanes takes place if there is at least one alpha hydrogen present by all accounts I presumed that there would be no reaction. However the answer given was trimethyl ...
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What is the mechanism for the oxidation of a lactol to a lactone?

Recently, I came to know that lactols can be converted to lactones but I wasn't able to find the suitable reagent and the reaction mechanism. Can someone elaborate the same?
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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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Is cyclic ether oxidised by periodic acid?

Is the three member ring of cyclic ether oxidised by periodic acid? As this also has oxygen attached to adjacent carbon so I think that cyclic ether of three members should be oxidised by periodic ...
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Names of NAD+ and NADH

As part of the biochemical process of glycolysis, NAD+ is reduced to NADH. In other words, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide is reduced to... nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide? Everywhere I look ...
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How do I remove tetrabutylammonium perchlorate from an organic synthesis?

I am trying to remove tetrabutylammonium perchlorate (TBAP) from an organic synthesis where TBAP was used as an electrolyte. I am working with compounds containing the amide group. I have used flash ...
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Are secondary alcohols more easily oxidised as compared to phenol?

Which among the following compounds is oxidised most easily? 2-propanol ($\ce{CH3CHOHCH3}$) phenol ($\ce{PhOH}$) ethoxyethane ($\ce{Et-O-Et}$) 1-methyl cyclohexanol The answer given ...
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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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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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Oxidation of Sodium Hydroxide in Ethanol?

So I read recently that: Alcoholic solutions of sodium hydroxide will oxidize in air, turning brown. First is this true? And if so what is oxidizing? I can't think of what sodium hydroxide ...
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Mechanism with hypohalite in haloform reaction

The haloform reaction is usually done in a solution of NaOH and $\ce{I2}$ (or indeed, any halogen). Now the first part of the reaction mechanism in the wikipedia page and in the most organic books ...
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What is the mechanism for the oxidative cleavage of diketones via permanganate under basic/hot conditions?

The products of the reaction are carboxylates. What exactly would cause the alkyne to cleave?
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Are PCC and Collin's reagent completely identical in their oxidizing action?

Are PCC and Collin's reagent completely identical in their oxidizing action? Is there any advantage (or disadvantages) over the other?
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Reaction between 1-methylcyclopentanol and potassium permanganate

In my basic organic chemistry class, I learned that only primary and secondary alcohols undergo oxidation (using $\ce{KMnO4}$). However, what is the outcome of reacting tertiary alcohol (1-...
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Which alkene on heating with alkaline KMnO4 solution gives acetone and CO2?

Which alkene on heating with alkaline $\ce{KMnO4}$ solution gives acetone and a gas that turns lime water milky ? 2-methyl-2-butene isobutylene 1-butene 2-butene I know that $\ce{...
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Are allylic three degree alcohols oxidized by the Jones' reagent via a classical carbocation intermediate?

I know the mechanism for Jones' oxidation is (picture from Organic Chemistry by Clayden): and it proceeds through a chromate ester. And in general we understand that the Jones' reagent $\ce{H2CrO4}$ ...
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Do tertiary ethers tolerate oxidative workup of an ozonolysis reaction?

I am attempting to cleave a double bond into a carboxylic acid and carbon dioxide using an ozonolysis reaction followed by an oxidative workup. I am concerned with the presence of a tertiary ether in ...
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Can an alcohol oxidation to ketone happen with hydrogen peroxide? [duplicate]

As far as I know, usually $\ce{CrO3}$ and $\ce{KMnO4}$ are used for this scope, but can other oxidizers such as $\ce{H2O2}$ be used?
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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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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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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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How does the human body deal with free radicals it creates itself?

I know that free radicals are created all over your body all the time as a byproduct of its chemical processes, (or maybe I do not and that is false). However I am confused about the distinction ...
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Mixtures readily oxidzing organic matter [closed]

Are there other mixtures than piranha solution with similiar or better ability to completely and readily oxidize organic matter? Perhaps peracetic/performic acid?
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The products of a chain reaction beginning with acetone and sodium amide

I encountered the following question in an exam: $\ce{CH3COCH3 + NaNH2}$  giving out $\ce{A}$. $\ce{A}$ then reacts with $\ce{C2H2}$ giving out $\ce{B}$. $\ce{B}$ then reacts with $\ce{H+}$ to ...
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Find product of the oxidation of 2-methylnaphthalene with chromium trioxide

This is a question from an organic chemistry book. I did not understand the solution given in that book. Here's the solution given in that book, I know that CrO3 oxidizes methyl group of toluene, but ...
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Chromic acid oxidation of aldehydes and primary alcohols

The answer has to be both A and D. Chromic acid is a strong oxidizer and will take both aldehydes and primary alcohols to carboxylic acids. However the computer thinks otherwise. Am I just missing ...
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Reaction of ethylene glycol with acidified potassium permangnate

One would expect the reaction of ethylene glycol with acidified potassium permangnate to result in oxidation of ethylene glycol to oxalic acid. But a Q&A guide book tells me it is oxidized to ...
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Usage of TFA in Pfitzner-Moffat oxidation and Collins vs Jones oxidation

Is the addition of TFA in Pfitzner-Moffat oxidation to protonate the DCC to form a positive carbocation for the alcohol to attack? Or is there more to it? Why is TFA used and not other acids? Are ...
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Thermal decomposition of ester [closed]

I have a clear liquid with a faint sweet smell. I know this compound contains an aromatic group and an ester. However, something strange happens when I try to distill it - it forms a white solid. I ...
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Complete Oxidation of Methanol

I know that complete oxidation of primary alcohols produces acids: $$\ce{R-CH2(OH) ->[\ce{[O]}] R-CH(OH)(OH) ->[][-\ce{H2O}] R-CHO ->[\ce{[O]}] RCOOH}$$ I wonder if that is the case of ...
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Rate determining step in oxidation of alcohols using chromium-related compounds

I wanted to ask a question about the kinetics of an oxidation reaction using chromium reagents. I was given a lecture today on the mechanism of alcohol oxidations using Chromate (VI) reagents: My ...