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Meaning of equivalents in organic synthesis

Is there a solid reference which defines how equivalents are defined/used in organic chemistry? I'm not sure about a reference per se; but from my (limited) experience as an organic chemist, the ...
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Is there a heat-based alternative to photosynthesis?

First, it's important to distinguish between the synthesis of sugars from carbon dioxide (photosynthesis) and the catabolism of those sugars to provide energy for growth, which is a process similar to ...
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Is formation of cyclic carbonate from trimethyl orthoformate and vicinal aromatic 1,2-diol possible?

Trimethyl orthoformate is at the wrong oxidation level to give a cyclic carbonate. You need phosgene or a dialkyl carbonate. The efficient preparation of catechol carbonate from catechol (benzene-1,2-...
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Is there a heat-based alternative to photosynthesis?

Note: my understanding of chemistry involving molecules with more than a few atoms is severely limited. An answer to your question requires understanding of concepts in physical chemistry and ...
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