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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Mechanism of alkene dihydroxylation with potassium permanganate

I have scavenged the internet for different mechanisms for permanganate-mediated alkene oxidation and have found satisfactory mechanisms for oxidative cleavage and dihydroxylation under basic ...
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Reduction of nitrobenzene in alkaline medium

My teacher listed out the following set of reactions under the aforementioned topic: He explained the formation of azoxybenzene as follows. Reduction of nitrobenzene produces 2 intermediates: ...
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Does orientation matters to this extent in reactions?

In the above question I know that the three reactions involved are $\mathrm{S_N2}$ reactions and therefore there shall thrice inversion of the substitute. So, I got the solution for the MCQ as: ...
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Reaction in Zinc-Carbon-Ammonium Chloride battery

I made a dry cell battery from zinc (Zn), carbon (C) and ammonium chloride (NH4Cl) which produced a current of 0.4 amps and voltage of 1.1V. However when I could not find the redox reaction that was ...
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Ammonia Vapor Absorption Refrigerator

I am working on fabricating the icyball system. I am planning to charge it with the help of convex mirrors. Whether it is necessary to create a vaccum inside the refrigeration closed cylinders before ...
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Epoxide with solvent vs with water

The answer given is an epoxide. But is an epoxide stable at room temperature? And also epoxides tend to open in presence of water. Even if methyl alcohol is treated as a solvent, then too methyl ...
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Is organic chemistry mechanisms limited to organic chemistry?

I am curious to know the mechanism of each reaction. Organic chemistry is satisfying for me because there is a mechanism behind each reaction which make a sense but when I Google for the mechanism of ...
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Controlling rate of endothermic reaction

In an experiment, I have two endothermic reactions taking place simultaneously: $$ \begin{align} \ce{A + B &-> C + D}\tag{1}\\ \ce{E + G &-> Z + F}\tag{2} \end{align} $$ $\ce{C}$ and $\...
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Does aniline react with FeBr₃?

I have read that aniline does not undergo Friedel–Crafts reaction because it complexes with Lewis acid $\ce{AlCl3}.$ Will it also react with $\ce{FeBr3}$ during bromination (to receive a 3-bromo ...
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Chemical Structure of PLA soaked in Ethyl acetate

I am trying to find a way to separate my PLA samples and ABS samples. Both of these are 3D printing plastics (Polylactic acid and Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) Last night I've observed: When ...
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Is it feasible to measure the pH of solution consisting of hydrofluoric acid, methanol and water using redox potential method?

Is it feasible to measure the pH of $\ce{HF}:\ce{H3COH}:\ce{H2O}$ solution using redox potential method? Can I use this method to calculate the $\ce{H+}$ ions in this solution and specifically, can I ...
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Counterion exchange

I have a quick question about counterion exchange. I have this very practical problem at my hands that I have a ethyl sulfate $(\ce{EtSO4-})$ counterion for a $\ce{R4N+}$ moiety ($\ce{R}$ = 3 ...
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How to get the enthalpy of a reaction from the enthalpy of formations with Hess' law?

Let's consider a generic reaction: $$\sum_{i=0}^{i=I}n_{i}A_{i} \rightarrow \sum_{j=0}^{j=J}m_{j}B_{j} $$ where $n$ and $m$ are the stoichiometric coefficients, while $A$ and $B$ are reagents and ...
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Last step of proposed cubane synthesis

I was watching an online lecture on decarboxylation by soda lime and the first few examples were straight forward but after a while a felt that the questions couldn't simply have one effect and maybe ...
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Stabilizing donor-acceptor interaction between orthogonal orbitals in the SN2 transition state?

For the $\mathrm{S_N2}$ reaction between chloroacetone and iodide, my professor has drawn a donor-acceptor interaction between the iodine lone pair attacking the Cl-substituted carbon and the π ...
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What reactions involving hydrazine, dinitrogen tetroxide and possibly a contaminant can produce a salt?

Hydrazine $\ce{N2H4}$ and dinitrogen tetroxide $\ce{N2O4}$ form a hypergolic fuel and oxidizer pair widely used in spacecraft including Akatsuki. Wikipedia states: Hydrazine can be monoprotonated to ...
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Is activation energy directly related to the reaction rate? (keeping the temperature, concentration, catalyst, particle size and pressure constant)

For different chemical reactions, does the activation energy of that reaction directly relate to the reaction rate? In other words, would a reaction always be slower if it had a higher activation ...
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Hemiacetal formation mechanism

The question is asking which reagents can be used to carry out this reaction. I get the L (PCC) is used to turn the primary alcohol into an aldehyde. However, I believe that is not the only reagent ...
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Mechanism of decarboxylation of cyclohexane-1,2-dicarboxylic acid

According to FIITJEE's Sankalp Test-II answer key, it was given that the following compound decarboxylates on heating: Then, I read Why are beta-ketoacids better at decarboxylation than gamma or ...
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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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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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Reaction Mechanism with a Rate Determining Step

Just a quick question on how to deal with multiple intermediaries in a proposed reaction mechanism. Here is the overall reaction: $$\ce{I-(aq) + OCl-(aq) -> IO-(aq) + Cl-(aq)}$$ Here is the ...
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Kinetics for E1cb reactions

We were taught that the kinetics of a reaction is determined by the reactions ‘rate determining step’ which is also the slowest step of the reaction. For E1 as well as E2 reactions the slowest steps ...
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How is a ring formed when a carbon atom in an aliphatic chain attached to benzene ring has a positive charge?

This is my approach towards this problem. First off, a positive charge would appear in the C atom at the end of the chain, and then that carbocation would rearrange into a tertiary carbocation. But I ...
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How to recreate bioluminescence in fireflies in a lab?

I have several mg/mL of D-luciferin, luciferase (firefly), ATP solution (25 mmol) and MgSO4 (for the mg2+ ions). The experiment has to be done in cuvettes of 2,5 mL (if I get any results, it will be ...
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Deuteration of following enone - mechanism?

What happens when the above compound is subjected to DCl in MeOD? As a result of tautomerism, I'd expect at least 7H atoms, two alpha to carbonyl carbon (right side), and five at gamma position (two ...
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Predicting the products obtained after addition of bromine and then elimination using alcoholic KOH

If we have an alkene reacting with bromine, then I know that the the reaction happens by a cyclic intermediate. But if we add alcoholic KOH to the products formed, then what will be the major products ...
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Is the iodide and persulfate reaction bimolecular?

Given the following reaction in an aqueous state: $$ \mathrm{2I^- + S_2O_8^{-2}\rightarrow I_2 + 2SO_4^{2-}}$$ Is it bimolecular o trimolecular? Because two molecules of iodide react with one ...
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Kolbe's electrolysis of acetylenedicarboxylic acid

I have been wondering what this reaction would lead to? The ethyne diradical can't dimerize because triple bonded cyclic structures don't form until 8 carbons. And even if it polymerizes I find no way ...
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why do I get chlorine gas production during electroetching?

I was electroetching stainless steel plates with table salt as electrolyte and the power supply was providing 5V, 6A when I placed the anode and cathode about .25 inches apart. I started smelling a ...
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Disiamylborane on alkyl halides

I am having problem predicting the last product in the following reaction: $$\ce{CH#CH ->[Na/NH3 (l)][(Excess)] (P) ->[DCl] (Q) ->[(i)Sia2BH][(ii)CH3COOH] (R)}$$ I am getting an alkyl ...
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Pyrimidine chemistry

Why C4 position in pyrimidine ring is more reactive then C2 position in nucleophilic aromatic substitution and Pd chemistry? Should not be the C2 position the most reactive because of the effect of ...
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Diels Alder stereoselectivity

I'm familiar with the endo rule as well as the regioselectivity of the reaction. However, what I fail to understand is the stereoselectivity of the product in relation to the diene. For example, in ...
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What is a probable mechanism for acid catalysed decarboxylation of alpha-hydroxy acid?

The following question was on one of the tests we had recently Now i worked out the intermediates and the product as follows: The first step is an intramolecular Cannizzaro reaction in which the ...
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Organic Chemistry - Reduction

Can anybody help me with the product? Seems like Birch reduction, but Birch reduction is used for conjugated systems and alkynes.
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What is the purpose of tetrazole in oligonucleotide synthesis?

The ATDBio book on nucleic acids describes tetrazole as an activator required to couple nucleotides. The diisopropylamino group of the nucleoside phosphoramidite is protonated by the activator, ...
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Reaction of phoshorus pentasulfide with ethers

Why does phosphorous pentasulfide on reaction with ethers give dialkyl sulfides? I searched for this reaction in my organic chemistry reference books and the internet but couldn't find it. What is ...
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Electrophilic addition of IBr to alkene

I would assume options A and B are possible products due to the $\ce{I+}$ electrophile attacking the alkene, and hence are ruled out. However, I am torn between options C and D. Both products are ...
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How does Boudouard reaction influence the temperature?

I've a question that is giving me a lot of troubles: I'm depositing and gasifying Carbon by varying a flow rate of $\ce{CO}$ and $\ce{CO2}$ and by using the Boudouard reaction ($\ce{2CO -> C + CO}$)...
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HOCl + ethyne reaction-hypochlorous acid with acetylene

What is the product of acetylene ($\ce{C2H2}$) and hypochlorous acid ($\ce{HOCl}$) reaction? I gathered that $\ce{Cl}$ acts as electrophile and so $\ce{HOCH=CHCl}$ is formed. Now two things can ...
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Why add NaBH4 slowly to 4-t-butylcyclohexanone in ether solution? [Lab Procedure]

$\ce{NaBH4}$ is to be added slowly to 4-t-butylcyclcohexanone in ether solution according to laboratory procedures, but I am curious as to why that is? 4-t-butylcyclohexanone undergoes reduction with $...
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What coefficients can I use in a Reaction-Diffusion Equation?

I am qualitatively analyzing an abstract chemical reaction $A + B \rightarrow 2A$ where $A$ and $B$ are some liquid substances that undergo Reaction-Diffusion with a second order reaction (actually ...
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What is the product formed when 4-chlorobut-1-ene is treated with acetic acid?

My teacher did like this forming a really unstable cyclopropyl group but this is the correct answer instead. My question is why the product will be even formed? In the mechanism that my teacher had ...
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Mechanism of heterocyclic ring formation

I saw a question here about the mechanism for a heterocyclic ring formation: What is a reasonable mechanism for the following reaction?. I tried solving the mechanism but I am missing something. Let ...
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Why is SN1 mechanism followed in diazo aromatic compounds' nucleophilic substitution?

There is considerable evidence that SN1 mechanism is followed in diazo aromatic compounds' nucleophilic substitution. I would like to know the reason for this and why is it preferred to SNAr mechanism ...
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Why do stable enols give positive ferric chloride test?

It is known that phenol and all its derivatives give violet colour with neutral alkaline ferric chloride solution. However I also found out that stable enols, like 2,4 di-oxo pentane, also give this ...
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Hydroxyl group to free amine in polyethylene glycol using CDI?

For converting $\ce{OH}$ of methylated polyethylene glycol. The first step is converting hydroxyl group to imidazole carbamate as an active intermediate. But what about the next step? If I will add ...
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Siloxane condensation mechanism

I want to formulate the condensation reaction mechanism for the formation of siloxane links. I don't see how to express it as an addition-elimination reaction, because even though the silicone atom ...
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Is chemical equilibrium possible at any temperature and pressure?

Consider the chemical reaction ${\rm Na+Cl\to NaCl}$ by mixing ${\rm Na}$ with ${\rm Cl}$ (or by mixing ${\rm NaOH}$ with some acid). This process is exothermic while the reverse ${\rm NaCl\to Na+Cl}$ ...
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Why does the sodium become transparent after burning?

I know that if we throw a piece of sodium into water then it will melt first then it will explode. But under different conditions, the above situation will not happen. If we keep a piece of sodium on ...

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