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Aldols > Me

Discussion in 'DAT Discussions' started by busupshot83, Mar 12, 2007.

  1. busupshot83

    busupshot83 S.D.N. Vet
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    I'm having some trouble understanding aldol and aldol condensation reactions. This is how I understand them:

    Aldol Reaction:
    1) an aldehyde or ketone reacts with a strong base, resulting in the formation of an elonate.
    2) the elonate can act as a nucelophile, and attack another aldehyde or ketone, resutling in an aldol. this process is called an alodol reaction.

    Aldol Condensation Reaction:
    1) when heated, an aldol loses H2O, and becomes an unsaturated alpha-beta aldehyde. This process is called aldol condensation.

    Is this correct?
     
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    sounds perfect. draw out the mechanism to gain a better understanding.
     
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    thanks man, just wanted to make sure.
     
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    a carbonyl compound with an alpha carbon anion

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    C-(alpha anion)
     
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