Organic Reagents

By James Ashenhurst

Reaction Friday: Oxymercuration of Alkenes using Hg(OAc)2 and NaBH4

Last updated: March 27th, 2019 |


Reaction Friday is back!!! Today’s video is on a commonly encountered reaction for making alcohols, the oxymercuration of alkenes using Hg(OAc)2 and water, followed by reduction with NaBH4.

Thanks to all of those who’ve made helpful comments on making videos.

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11 thoughts on “Reaction Friday: Oxymercuration of Alkenes using Hg(OAc)2 and NaBH4

  1. Hi James,

    I was trying to go through the oxymercuration of alkenes reaction on your website. But for some reason the movie was not loading. Can you please offer some help in this regard?

    Thank you!

    1. Your browser might be preventing you from loading some scripts. Just click on ‘load unsafe scripts’ and it should work.

  2. Hi James, how can i thank you sir you unveiled the mystery of demercuration which is just like finding diamond in a heap of silica.Thanks a lot man, i have read so much stuff on your site and sometimes I just keep my textbook aside and for hours just read your content,thanks once again for this magnificent piece of knowledge.

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