What’s a reducing sugar, and why is it important? Here’s a quick summary. Full details in the post below. Before We Talk About Reducing Sugars: Read more
Here’s the summary for today’s post on synthesis incorporating Grignard reagents and oxidants. Converting an aldehyde into a tertiary alcohol can be performed if we Read more
Here’s what we’ll talk about today: reagents for the oxidation of alcohols. It’s helpful to break oxidants for alcohols into two categories: “weak” and “strong”. Read more
Today’s post in a nutshell: many oxidations of alcohols might seem a little mysterious, but essentially proceed through a glorified E2 mechanism. Many oxidants work Read more
Try applying the rules for calculating oxidation states to carbon.
It’s going to feel a little bit weird. Why? Because there are two key differences.
First, carbon is often more electronegative (2.5) than some of the atoms it’s bound to (such as H, 2.2). So what do you do in this case? Read more
Secondly, unlike metal-metal bonds, carbon-carbon bonds are ubiquitous. So how do you deal with them?
Iron smelting! Photo credit: http://sclowcountryoutdoors.blogspot.com/2011/02/iron-smelting-at-acba.html In the beginning, the term actually made sense. When the alchemists and medieval metallurgists started doing experiments to quantify exactly how Read more
In the last post we saw that the results of hydroboration of alkenes are not in accord with any of the two families of mechanisms Read more
Today’s post represents not so much a pattern in alkene reactions, so much as it does a very common reaction that bears mentioning along with the Read more
In a blatant plug for the Reagent Guide and the Reagents App for iPhone, each Friday I profile a different reagent that is commonly encountered in Org 1/ Org Read more
In a blatant plug for the Reagent Guide and the Reagents App for iPhone, each Friday I profile a different reagent that is commonly encountered in Org 1/ Read more