Master Organic Chemistry Reaction Guide

Formation of Acetals from Aldehydes and Ketones

Description: Ketones (or aldehydes) can be converted into acetals when treated with alcohols and acid. The byproduct is water. Content available for Reactionguide members only. Not a member? Get access for about 30 cents / day!

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3 thoughts on “Formation of Acetals from Aldehydes and Ketones

  1. Hi James!
    Wow, sincere thanks for the video.
    Just to clarify… You add a base to the reaction only when you need to deprotonate a H, like you did in Step 5. Otherwise, only the nucleophile will participate in addition reactions? Since protonating a ketone will make it more electrophilic, the strength of the nucleophile will not matter?

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