Master Organic Chemistry Reaction Guide

Hell-Vollhard-Zelinsky Reaction

Description: The Hell-Vollhard-Zelinsky [HVZ] reaction is a means of converting a carboxylic acid to a brominated carboxylic acid (the bromine ends up on the alpha carbon of the carboxylic acid).
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5 thoughts on “Hell-Vollhard-Zelinsky Reaction

    1. Probably not that much. Over time, you might start getting replacement of the Br with OH, but that would require water acting as a nucleophile. With enough heat you might start to eliminate to give the double bond. However both of these are going to be fairly slow reactions.

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