Alcohols

Grignard Reactions And Synthesis (2)

Grignard Reactions And Synthesis (2)January 19, 2016

Here’s the summary for today’s post on synthesis incorporating Grignard reagents and oxidants: Synthesis Using Grignard Reagents (Part 2) In the last post we saw how to approach some fairly straightforward…

Synthesis Using Grignard Reagents (1)

Synthesis Using Grignard Reagents (1)January 13, 2016

Here’s the bottom line for today’s post on solving synthesis problems involving Grignard reagents. Solving Synthesis Problems Involving Grignard Reagents Now that we’ve covered some of the most impor…

Synthesis (6) – Reactions of Alcohols

Synthesis (6) – Reactions of AlcoholsJuly 27, 2015

The Alcohol Reaction Map Having now finished (at long last) covering the key reactions of alcohols, let’s stop to put everything in perspective. Over the past 18 posts, we covered reactions such as: Ether format…

Thiols And Thioethers

Thiols And ThioethersJuly 5, 2015

Here’s a summary of today’s post on thiols: Thiols and Thioethers One of the most powerful insights from learning the periodic table is the fact elements in the same period (column) have similar chemical …

Protecting Groups For Alcohols

Protecting Groups For AlcoholsJune 17, 2015

Summary for today’s post on Protecting Groups: When Alcohols Get In the Way As we’ve seen in previous posts in this series, alcohols are very versatile functional groups that participate in a variety of re…

Intramolecular Reactions of Alcohols and Ethers

Intramolecular Reactions of Alcohols and EthersJune 12, 2015

“Intramolecular Reactions Make Me Crumple Into The Fetal Position Crying For My Mommy” Here’s a topic which doesnt really fit neatly in with what we’ve discussed before but it’s essential to any …

Demystifying Alcohol Oxidations

Demystifying Alcohol OxidationsMay 21, 2015

Today’s post in a nutshell: The Familiar Key Step At The Heart Of (Almost) All Alcohol Oxidation Reactions When I was learning organic chemistry I remember the reagents for oxidation reactions completely coming …

Alcohol Oxidation: “Strong” and “Weak” Oxidants

Alcohol Oxidation: “Strong” and “Weak” OxidantsMay 6, 2015

Here’s what we’ll talk about today: reagents for the oxidation of alcohols! Oxidations Of Alcohols With “Eye Of Newt”, “Wing of Bat”, and “Powdered Unicorn Horn” Here we…

Elimination of Alcohols To Alkenes With POCl3

Elimination of Alcohols To Alkenes With POCl3April 28, 2015

Here’s what we talk about today: more eliminations of alcohols!  Note that this reagent isn’t covered in all courses, but I’ll include it here for completeness’ sake. We’ve talked about…

Elimination Reactions of Alcohols

Elimination Reactions of AlcoholsApril 16, 2015

Here’s a summary of what we talk about in today’s post. Hydrohalic acids (HX)  plus alcohols give substitution products… We just saw that treating an alcohol with a strong hydrohalic acid – th…