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Questions tagged [reactivity]

Applied to a chemical species, the term expresses a kinetic property in reference to another species. The tag should be applied to questions seeking answers with respect to the reactivity (or unreactivity) of a certain chemical compound, species, molecular entity and/or functional groups. It must not be applied to questions about the stability of certain chemical species.

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Role of methanol in NaBH4 reduction

In reduction of carbonyls (aldehyde and ketones) to alcohols using NaBH4/Methanol, alkoxides are formed with the Boron which usually gets protonated on addition of water/acid. My question is what is ...
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Bonding of Lithium and Argon

I saw a meme that was joking around about Lithium and Argon bonding (see pic below). It got me wondering: Can Lithium and Argon bond in any circumstance?
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Calcium reactivity vs electronic configuration

Calcium is an alkaline earth metal, so it is reactive. But, it has two valence electrons. Don't those two electrons fill up the first energy level? Isn't an atom with a full energy level considered ...
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Order of Reactivity of Halogens in Electrophilic Addition

Hello there. Here's a problem that appeared on one of my tests. What is the order of reactivity of halogens in electrophilic addition reaction via formation of cyclohalonium intermediate? I tried ...
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Why is fluorine deactivating while OH is not?

Both have 2p-2p overlap and oxygen and fluorine have similar electronegativities but OH is strongly activating while fluorine is deactivating
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Aza-enolates: why no reaction at N

My understanding is that aza-enolates have an advantage over enamines in enolate-type alkylations because the reaction at N is less likely. As a result, unactivated electrophiles can be used (i.e. ...
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SN1 reactivity order for chloromethyl methyl ether and trityl chloride

Compare the reactivity order towards SN1 reaction for: (2-chloropropan-2-yl)cyclopropane $\ce{CH3OCH2Cl}$ $\ce{Ph3CCl}$ Owing to the exceptional stability of cyclopropyl ethyl ...
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Solve this chemical or biological mystery

I hope this is the best place to pose this unique question. Please forgive me if it's not. I went into a closet to get a prescription medication that was filled about a year ago. The label on the ...
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Reactivity of carbon-centered radical

I've read this site for a long time but I had never asked a question, so this is my first time :). So, i'm currently working on a computational chemistry project on radical cyclization reactions and ...
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Advanced Quantum Chemistry Reference for Reactivity Phenomena

I'm currently in organic synthesis seeking to develop quantitative "physical" (that of a physicist), rather than "chemical", intuition for areas where traditional VSEPR/ MO models cannot fully ...
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How to compare the oxidizing power of perhalate ions

In my book the oxidizing power in descending order of the following is given as: $\ce{BrO4-} > \ce{IO4-} > \ce{ClO4-}$ My doubt is regarding their order of oxidizing tendency. I thought that ...
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Why doesn't 1-cyclopropylethyne give a positive reaction in the bromine-water unsaturation test?

1-cyclopropylethyne has a triple bond: Hence it seems like it should yield a positive unsaturation test with bromine water. But, my book states that the opposite is true. I guess this may be due to ...
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Why are “diene” structures in the C-ring of anthocyanins singled out for their singlet-oxygen quenching ability?

Anthocyanins are a class of water-soluble vacuolar pigments. They are sensitive to pH, and can undergo a series of structural changes according to a pH-dependent equilibrium as illustrated in Figure 1....
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Why is the silver nitrate chemical test more favorable than that of sodium iodide?

Two tests to determine the presence of alkyl chlorides are the silver nitrate in 1% ethanol and sodium iodide in 15% acetone tests. These two tests both produce a precipitate when added to chloride ...
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Constructing a reactivity series, magnesium more reactive than sodium?

I reacted about $0.25 \,\mathrm{g}$ of magnesium, sodium and lithium in $20 \,\mathrm{ml}$ of $2 \,\mathrm{M} \,\ce{HCl}$ at room temperature. This was all done in a $100 \,\mathrm{mL}$ beaker. I ...
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Could any constituent of normal human urine produce a false positive in a Kastle-Meyer test for presence of blood?

From my understanding, one forensic test for the presence of traces of blood at a crime scene is (or was) the Kastle-Meyer test. Doing some research, I understand that in the test, hemoglobin reacts ...
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Grignard reaction - exchange of groups

Why is this reaction successful: Why doesn't metal-halide exchange occur easily to get Ar-MgCl and R-Br?
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Is benzyl chloride or allyl chloride more reactive?

What compound is more reactive, benzyl chloride [(chloromethyl)benzene] or allyl chloride (3-chloroprop-1-ene)? I know that both have a higher reactivity than alkyl and aryl chlorides.
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What is the most likely reaction between minocycline and tramadol in physiological conditions?

Minocyline (left) and Tramadol (right) are two commonly prescribed medications containing typical organic functional groups. What would an expert chemist surmise as the first or most-likely reaction ...
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Why are thioethers not better leaving groups than ethers?

Why are thioethers ($\ce{RSR}$) not better leaving groups than ethers ($\ce{ROR}$)? I learnt that better bases are poorer leaving groups. Here, clearly the poorer base is thioether, as the lone pair ...
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Can activated charcoal retain adsorbtion properties even when submerged in liquids?

This is following a question on Skeptics Stackexchange, where apparently medical science claims that activated charcoal can adsorb poison when ingested. One of the members posted a related question on ...
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Naphthalene v/s Anthracene reactivity

Both have similar resonance energy per ring, even Naphthalene has a little higher Resonance energy (127.5 KJ per mol per ring v/s 127 KJ per mol per ring ) Can we prove , why there is a small ...
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Ketal formation of ethyl acetoacetate

Why does the ketone carbonyl group react in preference to the ester carbonyl? Is it something to do with the resonance occurring into the ester carbonyl from the oxygen? but how does this make the ...
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How to calculate minimum temperature of a reaction?

For burning ethanol (its reaction with oxygen), we need a minimum activation energy (a minimum temperature) to start the reaction. Is it possible to calculate what are the minimum temperatures ...
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Why are trifluoromethyl diazirines so stable?

Why are trifluoromethyl diazirines so stable? Trifluoromethyl diazirines stability is well documented, however I am yet to find an explanation of why... Can it be homoaromatic or even aromatic? 2 pie ...
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Primary amine versus phosphoramidate reactivity with succinate esters

I have posted two reactions below. The top reaction is well known and occurs readily and near quantitatively (e.g. in protein modification), while the bottom reaction to my knowledge does not exist in ...
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How to predict and measure excess values of reactivity ratios for copolymerization with three monomers?

I ask this question because I haven't found interesting literature on the subject and I would like to know if my way to think is good or pure bullshit. Also the question is quite long because I have ...
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Requirement of different reagents for bromination of different substituted benzene rings

Consider the bromination reactions of phenol and anisole. We know that the former can be brominated by aqueous bromine, while the latter requires the catalyst $\ce{FeBr3}$ instead. Our teacher said ...
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Do amides oxidize to double-bonds?

Do amides from primary or secondary amines ever oxidize to a double-bond on the nitrogen? For example, like from an $\mathrm{R \bbox[yellow]{\color{red}{-}}(NH)-(C=O)-R'}$ to an $\mathrm{ R \bbox[...
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Why is cyclopropylmethyl radical opening so fast?

Ring opening of the cyclopropylmethyl radical is reliable and fast, and so has been used as a radical trap and a radical clock. Could someone please explain what exactly makes this reaction so fast, ...
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Material for melting metal oxides

I am constructing an apparatus for high temperature, strong alkaline melts (metal melts), with extremely high oxygen rich environments. Here what I have so far. Iridium is a good candidate - is it ...
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Why are copper, iron and lead so common in everyday use?

Copper, iron and lead are commonly used around the world in construction, for pipes and in electrical wiring. Why are these used instead of zinc and magnesium?
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What does the following sentence mean - “Li is least reactive but the strongest reducing agent among all alkali metals”

Isn't it contrasting? Is reactivity only concerned with kinetics of reaction ? PS - I am a high school student, probably I might be missing small detail!
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Are there any Endothermic Pyrophoric Substances?

I've recently been reading about pyrophoric materials, specifically as they relate to rocketry, and this made me curious if there are any substances which are the complete opposite of pyrophoric. ...
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Electrophilic substitution in phenyl alkyl ether

Phenylalkyl ethers undergo usual halogenation in the benzene ring, e.g., anisole undergoes bromination with bromine in ethanoic acid even in the absence of iron (III) bromide catalyst. Why do we use ...
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Why is the HOMO always lower in energy than the LUMO?

We say that increasing the energy of the $\ce {HOMO}$ of molecules increases their reactivity towards electrophiles while decreasing the energy of the $\ce {LUMO}$ increases their reactivity towards ...
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Is the water absorbed by sodium polyacrylate available to react?

I'm curious whether the water absorbed by sodium polyacrylate would react with alkali metals, or be trapped by the sodium polyacrylate.
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What's the chemical reaction involved when adding Caesium to water?

According to the Notting Hill and Ealing High School, the reaction of caesium $\ce{Cs}$ with water $\ce{H2O}$ gives the following equation, $$\ce{2Cs (s) + 2H2O (l) → 2CsOH (aq) + H2 (g)},$$ producing ...