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Because alcohols are easily synthesized and easily transformed into other compounds , they serve as important intermediates in organic synthesis. A multistep synthesis may use Grignard-like reactions to form an alcohol with the desired carbon structure, followed by reactions to convert the hydroxyl group of the alcohol to the desired functionality. The most common reactions of alcohols can be classified as oxidation, dehydration, substitution , esterification, and reactions of alkoxides.
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Aldehydes and ketones undergo a variety of reactions that lead to many different products. Reactions of carbonyl groups. Due to differences in electronegativities, the carbonyl group is polarized. The carbon atom has a partial positive charge, and the oxygen atom has a partially negative charge. Aldehydes are usually more reactive toward nucleophilic substitutions than ketones because of both steric and electronic effects. In aldehydes, the relatively small hydrogen atom is attached to one side of the carbonyl group, while a larger R group is affixed to the other side.
In ketones, however, R groups are attached to both sides of the carbonyl group. Thus, steric hindrance is less in aldehydes than in ketones. The greater amount of electrons being supplied to the carbonyl carbon, the less the partial positive charge on this atom and the weaker it will become as a nucleus. Addition of water. Water, acting as a nucleophile, is attracted to the partially positive carbon of the carbonyl group, generating an oxonium ion. Small amounts of acids and bases catalyze this reaction.
This occurs because the addition of acid causes a protonation of the oxygen of the carbonyl group, leading to the formation of a full positive charge on the carbonyl carbon, making the carbon a good nucleus.
Adding hydroxyl ions changes the nucleophile from water a weak nucleophile to a hydroxide ion a strong nucleophile. Ketones usually do not form stable hydrates. Addition of alcohol. Reactions of aldehydes with alcohols produce either hemiacetals a functional group consisting of one —OH group and one —OR group bonded to the same carbon or acetals a functional group consisting of two —OR groups bonded to the same carbon , depending upon conditions.
Mixing the two reactants together produces the hemiacetal. Mixing the two reactants with hydrochloric acid produces an acetal.
For example, the reaction of methanol with ethanal produces the following results:. A nucleophilic substitution of an OH group for the double bond of the carbonyl group forms the hemiacetal through the following mechanism:.
An unshared electron pair from the hydroxyl oxygen of the hemiacetal removes a proton from the protonated alcohol. A second molecule of alcohol attacks the carbonyl carbon that is forming the protonated acetal.
Stability of acetals. Acetal formation reactions are reversible under acidic conditions but not under alkaline conditions. This characteristic makes an acetal an ideal protecting group for aldehyde molecules that must undergo further reactions. A protecting group is a group that is introduced into a molecule to prevent the reaction of a sensitive group while a reaction is carried out at some other site in the molecule. The protecting group must have the ability to easily react back to the original group from which it was formed.
An example is the protection of an aldehyde group in a molecule so that an ester group can be reduced to an alcohol. In the previous reaction, the aldehyde group is converted into an acetal group, thus preventing reaction at this site when further reactions are run on the rest of the molecule. Notice in the previous reaction that the ketone carbonyl group has been reduced to an alcohol by reaction with LiAlH 4.
The protected aldehyde group has not been reduced. Hydrolysis of the reduction product recreates the original aldehyde group in the final product. Addition of hydrogen cyanide. The addition of hydrogen cyanide to a carbonyl group of an aldehyde or most ketones produces a cyanohydrin. Sterically hindered ketones, however, don't undergo this reaction. The mechanism for the addition of hydrogen cyanide is a straightforward nucleophilic addition across the carbonyl carbony oxygen bond.
Addition of ylides the Wittig reaction. Phosphorous ylides are prepared by reacting a phosphine with an alkyl halide, followed by treatment with a base. Ylides have positive and negative charges on adjacent atoms.
Addition of organometallic reagents. Grignard reagents, organolithium compounds, and sodium alkynides react with formaldehyde to produce primary alcohols, all other aldehydes to produce secondary alcohols, and ketones to produce tertiary alcohols.
Addition of ammonia derivatives. The hydroxy group is protonated to yield an oxonium ion, which easily liberates a water molecule. An unshared pair of electrons on the nitrogen migrate toward the positive oxygen, causing the loss of a water molecule. A proton from the positively charged nitrogen is transferred to water, leading to the imine's formation.
Imines of aldehydes are relatively stable while those of ketones are unstable. Oxidations of aldehydes and ketones. Aldehydes can be oxidized to carboxylic acid with both mild and strong oxidizing agents. However, ketones can be oxidized to various types of compounds only by using extremely strong oxidizing agents. Typical oxidizing agents for aldehydes include either potassium permanganate KMnO 4 or potassium dichromate K 2 Cr 2 O 7 in acid solution and Tollens reagent.
Peroxy acids, such as peroxybenzoic acid:. For example, peroxybenzoic acid oxidizes phenyl methyl ketone to phenyl acetate an ester. Aldol reactions.
In addition to nucleophilic additions, aldehydes and ketones show an unusual acidity of hydrogen atoms attached to carbons alpha adjacent to the carbonyl group.
The electron withdrawing ability of a carbonyl group is caused by the group's dipole nature, which results from the differences in electronegativity between carbon and oxygen.
The resonance, which stabilizes the anion, creates two resonance structures — an enol and a keto form. In most cases, the keto form is more stable. Halogenation of ketones. Likewise, when methyl ketones react with iodine in the presence of a base, complete halogenation occurs.
The generation of sodium hypoiodate in solution from the reaction of iodine with sodium hydroxide leads to the formation of iodoform and sodium benzoate, as shown here. Because iodoform is a pale yellow solid, this reaction is often run as a test for methyl ketones and is called the iodoform test. Aldol condensation. The aldol condensation proceeds via a carbanion intermediate. The carbanion undergoes nucleophilic addition with the carbonyl group of a second molecule of ethanal, which leads to formation of the condensation product.
Cross-aldol condensation. Ketonic aldol condensation. With acid catalysts, however, small amounts of aldol product can be formed. This dehydration step drives the reaction to completion.
The mechanism proceeds as follows:. Cyclizations via aldol condensation. Internal aldol condensations condensations where both carbonyl groups are on the same chain lead to ring formation. The mechanism for cyclization via an aldol proceeds through an enolate attack on the aldehyde carbonyl. The benzoin condensation. The cyanide ion is the only known catalyst for this condensation, because the cyanide ion has unique properties.
For example, cyanide ions are relatively strong nucleophiles, as well as good leaving groups. Likewise, when a cyanide ion bonds to the carbonyl group of the aldehyde, the intermediate formed is stabilized by resonance between the molecule and the cyanide ion.
The following mechanism illustrates these points. The benzoin condensation reaction proceeds via a nucleophilic substitution followed by a rearrangement reaction. A pair of electrons on the alkoxide ion are attracted to the carbon bonded to the cyanide group, which then leaves to generate the product. Previous Synthesis of Ketones. Next Aldehydes. Removing book from your Reading List will also remove any bookmarked pages associated with this title.
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