Master Organic Chemistry Reaction Guide

Base-promoted formation of enolates from ketones

Description: When ketones (or aldehydes) are treated with strong base, they form their conjugate bases, called enolates.
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4 thoughts on “Base-promoted formation of enolates from ketones

  1. What is the difference between a reaction that is “promoted” and a reaction that is “catalyzed”?

    1. “Catalyzed” implies that a sub-stoichiometric amount is used (e.g. 10 molar percent). “Promoted” is less precise. I use it to describe both when base is a catalyst and when it is used stoichiometrically. In this case base is not catalytic!

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