Epoxides – The Outlier Of The Ether Family

Epoxides – The Outlier Of The Ether Family

January 26, 2015

 In this post we discuss a special class of ethers that has unusually high reactivity due to their ring strain – epoxides. Here’s a summary of what we’ll talk about here:   In the last post, I wrote that ethers were quite possibly the most boring functional group of all, at least from the perspective of reactivity. […]

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Chiral Allenes And Chiral Axes

Chiral Allenes And Chiral Axes

January 13, 2015

We’ve met alkenes before – right? Just in case you haven’t, let’s review the basics, because today’s post is going to depend on understanding a few of the most important concepts. Alkenes contain both sigma [ σ]  bonding formed through “head-on” orbital overlap [i.e. “single bonds”] and also pi [ π ] bonding where orbitals have […]

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My Recent Absence, Explained With 9 Molecules

My Recent Absence, Explained With 9 Molecules

January 6, 2015

Hey folks – it’s been awhile! Let me explain. It all started very innocently. In mid November I started noticing that a little bump I’d had on the back of my neck for what seemed like forever had started getting sore. At first it was annoying. One Wednesday night I was taking a fencing lesson, […]

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Cleavage Of Ethers With Acid

November 19, 2014

I’ve been looking forward to today’s post for a long time! We’ve gone through so many different ways of synthesizing ethers, and finally we get to talk about all the exciting things we get to do with them. Here it is, the moment you’ve been waiting for. All the reactions of ethers in once place: […]

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Ether Synthesis Via Alcohols And Acid

November 14, 2014

Last post I got a little ahead of myself. I was all excited about getting into the reactions of ethers, and forgot that there’s one last method for ether synthesis that we haven’t covered. It’s actually not that general so you can likely skip ahead. But for the sake of completeness, here it is. Remember when we said […]

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Synthesis of Ethers (2) – Back To The Future

November 7, 2014

In the last two posts we’ve been discussing the Williamson synthesis of ethers. As we saw, our discussion was essentially a complete re-hash of everything we’d already said about the SN2 reaction that was covered several chapters ago. That’s the thing with organic chemistry – things you learn in the early stages of the course often […]

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Master Organic Chemistry – The (Short) Video

Master Organic Chemistry – The (Short) Video

October 31, 2014

My friends at Simplifilm animated this short video describing what Master Organic Chemistry is for – in only 1 minute and 17 seconds. The animation is great – but we hired the cheapest voice-over guy we could find. ; – ) Watch it and let me know what you think! Related Posts:No Related Posts

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Williamson Ether Synthesis: Planning

October 30, 2014

In the last post we introduced the Williamson ether synthesis,  one of the most straightforward ways we know of to make an ether. If you’ve been in the trenches long enough, you would have also noticed that it’s actually nothing that new –  the Williamson is just “rebranding” of a reaction we’ve seen before,  the SN2 […]

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The Williamson Ether Synthesis

October 24, 2014

In the last post, we discussed the acid-base properties of alcohols. Two posts ago, we said that acid-base reactions are often used to “set up” substitution and elimination reactions of alcohols.  In this post, we’ll talk about what is probably the best example of this last point –  the Williamson Ether Synthesis. The Williamson Ether […]

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Organic Chemistry IUPAC Nomenclature Demystified With A Simple Puzzle Piece Approach

Organic Chemistry IUPAC Nomenclature Demystified With A Simple Puzzle Piece Approach

October 21, 2014

IUPAC Nomenclature Demystified with a Simple Puzzle-Piece Approach, by Leah Fisch Note from James: This is a guest post by Leah Fisch of Leah4Sci.com , an online resource for learning organic chemistry, MCAT preparation, and other science topics . This is an epic, comprehensive post on  organic chemistry IUPAC nomenclature. You might want to bookmark this page for […]

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