Questions tagged [reaction-mechanism]

The detailed (and as complete as possible) description of plausible or observable pathways leading from reactants to products of a chemical process. This tag should be applied to questions about these processes. It may be applied to hypothetical and/or proposed mechanisms.

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Is this reaction possible?

When mixing HCl with K2CO3, the reaction that is usually given is the following: K2CO3 + 2HCl → 2KCl + CO2 + H2O I am wondering, however, if I could produce KHCO3 from K2CO3, by using half as many ...
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Why is there only little difference between molecular dipole moments in CHX3 compounds (X = Cl, Br, I)?

Why is there only little difference between molecular dipole moments in $\ce{CHX3}$ compounds ($\ce{X}$ = $\ce{Cl}$, $\ce{Br}$, $\ce{I}$)? As we can see there is a huge difference in dipole moment of ...
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What is the major product obtained on acidification of substituted epoxide?

The problem Source : MS Couhan (problems in organic chemistry . Chapter: Alcohols , phenols and ethers). My Thoughts If I proceed along $\ce{path 1}$ , $\ce1a$ is formed . It is unstable due to ...
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Reaction between Titanium II/III Chloride and nitrogen trichloride

I was wondering if titanium II chloride and nitrogen trichloride might react to produce titanium IV chloride at 600 degrees C. If not, what is produced? Also, I was wondering if titanium III chloride ...
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Does energy come from fuel or oxygen? (surprise?)

Question: Is it oxygen or fuel that releases energy during burning? The answer from this article: Why Combustions Are Always Exothermic, Yielding About 418 kJ per Mole of O2 (Journal of Chemical ...
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Is it possible to produce sodium bicarbonate from potassium bicarbonate?

I balanced the chemical reaction which is as follows: NaCl + KHCO3 = NaHCO3 + KCl I've also gathered solubility values which are the following: KHCO3 22.4 g/100 mL (20 °C) NaCl 35,9 g/100 mL (20°) ...
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What causes the duration of the amber periods of the Briggs-Rauscher reaction to first increase and then decrease as the reaction oscillates?

I was collecting experimental data on the Briggs Rauscher reaction and realized that the period of the amber oscillations initially decreased and then started to increase. While I understand the ...
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Acetaminofen + aceticacid yields

Ive used several balance equation calculators for the formula $$\ce{C8H9NO2 + CH3COOH}.$$ And i get as result $$\ce{C8H9NO2 + CH3COOH -> C9H13N + CH3COO + H2O}.$$ But when i mix the to reagents ...
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Can glucose and insulin exist in the same container without reacting?

Someone asked if glucose and insulin could be mixed in the same container and used as an injection to provide a quick energy boost. I'm not interested about the medical part of this question, but just ...
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What's the mechanism behind mineral oil loosening cyanoacrylate bonds?

Per industry literature I found that mineral oil is used to loosen out "super glue" and aid in removal from skin. I am exploring the chemistry of this loosening and I am intrigued. Please help me find ...
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Mole Concept reacting mass calculations [closed]

10.00g of brass powder was added to excess dilute sulphuric acid and all the zinc reacted with the acid leaving a residue of copper. 1200cm³ of hydrogen gas measured at r.t.p was produced in the ...
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Intramolecular lactonisation in an unsaturated carboxylic acid

I am having some trouble figuring out how this reaction proceeds: Attempt 1: The most obvious thing to do is deprotonate the acid group. I tried using the carboxylate group to attack the alkene, ...
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Markovnikov Rule of Alkenes

$$\ce{CH3CH(CH3)CHCHCH2CH3 + HBr ->}$$ According to Markovnikov Rule, "the rich get richer". But, as we can see the 2 carbons have the same amount of $\ce{H}$. So, what's probably the answer?
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How to make 1,1-diphenyl-1-butene from benzophenone and 1-bromopropane?

I would like to know the method of syntheses of making 1,1-diphenyl-1-butene $(\ce{C16H16})$ from benzophenone $(\ce{(C6H5)2CO},$ generally abbreviated $\ce{Ph2CO})$ and 1-bromopropane $(\ce{...
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I can't find reaction enthalpy ∆H for water formation reaction

$$\ce{1/2 O2(g) + H2(g) → H2O (l)}$$ The tabulated value is $\Delta H = \pu{−285.8 kJ/mol}$ I'm using the bond energies values for each molecule and for some reason, I am getting a different result, ...
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Mechanism for Chromyl Chloride Formation

This is the very famous chromyl chloride test, used for detection of chloride ion in solution - $$\ce{K2Cr2O7 + 4NaCl + 6H2SO4 -> 2CrO2Cl2 + 2KHSO4 + 4NaHSO4 +3H2O}$$ When a mixture containing ...
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What is the major product of the reaction of a geminal dibromide with silver nitrate? [closed]

$\ce{Ag+/H2O}$ is used for peroxide formation, then followed by hydrolysis to yield an alcohol. But in the question it is a geminal dihalide and I don't know if the mechanism follows through a ...
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What is the major product of the reaction between 4-chlorobut-1-ene?

When acetic acid looses hydrogen, an acetate ion is formed which attacks 4-chlorobut-1-ene, forming methyl butenoate. How does the cyclic structure form? Does the lone pair of oxygen attack the butene ...
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What happens to copper(II) hydroxide when it's heated? what's inside its decomposition?

So just wondering, copper(II) hydroxide undergoes thermal decomposition when it's heated. But isn't it a solid by itself too? Why does it turn into another solid and water all of a sudden? Can ...
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Why do disproportionation reactions take place?

I want to know what are the conditions when disproportionation reaction is feasible. Is it just because of stability factors or it has other dimensions to it. As an example: $$\ce{3HNO2 -> HNO3 + ...
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Product of Diels-Alder reaction + Consecutive Reaction with base and heat

there is a problem regarding a Diels-Alder reaction that I do not understand (see image). The Diels-Alder reaction of the diene and the dienophile should lead to the product A. I hope I did it ...
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How does the inductive effect, explain the reactivity of tertiary alcohols with halogen acids?

The reactions of primary and secondary alcohols with halogen acids ($\ce{HX}$, where $\ce{X}$=halogen) require the presence of a catalyst, $\ce{ZnCl_2}$. With tertiary alcohols, the reaction is ...
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How do fuel/oxidizer combustion mechanics change when the constituents are supercritical?

The problem to solve is this: I want to create a heat generator [or heat absorber] that functions at atmospheric pressure to the pressure at the bottom of the sea. It will be used to drive a Stirling ...
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Synthesis of ondansetron

I'm stuck on the last part of this synthesis. The last subjects my professor taught were reactions with amines and carboxylic acids, so these should be used. Can you give me some light? Thanks! Edit:...
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Kolmogorov backward equations in active biological systems

I am trying to understand the following equations from a paper by Wang et al. [1, p. 5 at the SI]: Michaelis–Menten Representation of the Kinesin Cycle We assumed that there is a strong ...
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Reaction mechanism of rearrangement

I am currently studying for my organic chemistry exam, but there is one problem I do not understand. Unfortunately, I do not have any solutions. See image for the problem. My first thought was the ...
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Difference between base-promoted and base-catalysed

Why is halogenation of ketones in base described as being "base-promoted" and not "base-catalysed"? If the reaction is not "catalyzed" then how is the base used up?
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Comparison of the rate of SN1 and SN2 reaction

It is known that $\mathrm{S_N1}$ (Substitution Nucleophilic Unimolecular) follows the order of rate of reaction: Tertiary ($3^\circ$) > Secondary ($2^\circ$) > Primary ($1^\circ$) For $\mathrm{...
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Why do carbonyl compounds undergo nucleophilic and not electrophilic addition?

Why aldehydes and ketones undergo nucleophilic addition reactions and not electrophilic addition? Alkenes show electrophilic addition because of pi bond, which is also present in aldehydes and ...
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Mustard gas hydrolysis (at a very high rate)

Explain mustard gas hydrolysis at a very high rate: $\ce{Cl-CH2-CH2-S-CH2-CH2-Cl}$ I tried searching online but did not find this reaction anywhere. Can someone explain me the steps/mechanism of ...
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How would this reaction look like in a potential energy diagram? (SN1 Reaction)

My task is to explain, why molecule A reacts in a SN1-reaction faster than molecule B. (I would do this by comparing their potential energy diagrams) My idea is to have a closer look at the reaction ...
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What is the mechanism of this pyrylium synthesis?

In this preparation, http://www.orgsyn.org/Content/pdfs/procedures/CV5P1106.pdf, 2,4,6-trimethylpyrylium perchlorate is prepared from 4 molecules of acetic anhydride and 1 molecule of t-butanol. ...
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Reduction of ester in presence of ketone group

As there is no ring expansion I'm assuming that a carbocation should not form at ester carbon as it leads to ring expansion. But is there any an exception to it? Also the hint provided along with this ...
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Potassium carbonate vs. Potassium hydroxide in Wood Ash

I'm trying to get more concrete information about the chemical process of creating soap from wood ash. What I’m confused about: Many soap-making materials say that you create potassium hydroxide ...
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Relationship between auto-ignition temperature with pressure and fuel

Experimentally it appears that increase in pressure, fuel concentration, and chain length causes AIT to decrease until a minimum where even further increase in these parameters increases the AIT. ...
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Reaction of alcohols with PCl5 and PCl3

The reaction of alcohols $\ce{ ROH }$ with $\ce{ PCl5 }$ and $\ce{ PCl3 }$ yields an alkyl halide $\ce{RCl}.$ With $\ce{ PCl5 }$, the reaction is quite simple leading to the formation of $\ce{ RCl }$ ...
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How to make an aluminumoxide coating on an electrode?

The Questions is above. I am not a chemist but that is what I know: Aluminum has an Oxide Layer normally Aluminum-Oxide Layer can be broken down with NaOH Zink coatings are done by galvanic coating ...
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Which of the following statements is true if HI is formed in the following reaction?

Which of the following statements is true if HI is formed in the following reaction? $$\ce{H2(g) + I2(g) -> 2HI(g)}$$ a. There are no collisions between the reactants in the reaction. ...
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Polar Protic and Aprotic Solvents

I know $\mathrm{S_N2}$ is favored polar aprotic solvents, which means that they may have hydrogens on them somewhere, but they lack $\ce{O-H}$ or $\ce{N-H}$ bonds, and therefore cannot hydrogen bond ...
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Coupling of silyl imine and aldehyde

LDA is a strong base and probably deprotonates somewhere which I'm not sure about. It I would to make a guess it would probably be beta to the imine. This is following by nucleophilic attack of the ...
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What is the mechanism of the reaction of ethyl prop-2-ynoate to ethyl (2Z)-2,3-dibromoprop-2-enoate?

It's really weird for the product is 99% Z-comformation? Please tell me why? This reaction can be found in scifinder.
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Mechanism of DPD (N,N-diethyl-p-phenylenediamine) reaction with free chlorine

NOTE: As I've been finding new informations about the question, I've been editing the question to keep it up to date. If some comment doesn't make sense just check the Edit History. DPD (N,N-diethyl-...
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Will 1-[2-(chloromethyl)phenyl]propan-2-one, follow a Williamson ether synthesis route or, a Diels-Alder reaction?

I was asked to find the product of potassium ethoxide reaction with 1-[2-(chloromethyl)phenyl]propan-2-one (1). I came up with two different paths, each leading to the same product. 1-[2-(...
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intuitive explanation of Wegscheider condition and its violation

The Wegscheider condition restricts the values that rate constants in a set of chemical reactions can take on. can someone please explain intuitively why the condition has to be true, and give a ...
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why lithium is less reactive than sodium? [duplicate]

Lithium lies above sodium in a group and is also smaller in size. According to periodic trend reactivity decreases from left to right in period and down the group.
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Synthesis for turning synephrenine into N-methylphenethylamine

I am trying to devise a synthesis to change synephrine (4-[1-hydroxy-2-(methylamino)ethyl]phenol) into N-methylphenethylamine. I was figuring that I could remove the hydroxyl group attached to the ...
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Aldol Reaction on an intermediate

I was given the following reaction to prove a mechanism for: and I managed to prove the first step with ease. The second step, forming the "base-catalysed aldol" is the part that's rather confusing ...
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Grignard alkene on a carbonyl

I was given the following mechanism to prove today post-lecture: and my attempt is given below. Now, when the negative charge on the alkene attacks the carbonyl, the electrons are pushed onto the ...
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DNA-Sequencing (detection of the change of pH-value) after emulsion PCR

I have troubles with understanding the exact order of the steps for DNA-sequencing after the Emulsion PCR (EmPCR). The EmPCR fills each bead with the same DNA strand (copies it $n$ times, till the ...
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Book Recommendations for Inorganic Chemistry Mechanisms [duplicate]

I am looking for a book which has details or basics to reaction mechanisms for inorganic chemistry for highschool level(preferably) or maybe undergrad level. Basically I am looking for a book which ...