Friedel-Crafts

Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution: Introduction

Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution: Introduction

July 11, 2017

Today’s post covers a key reaction of aromatic compounds: electrophilic aromatic substitution. When we covered the reactions of alkenes a while back – a lot of reactions! –  we saw that the vast maj…

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Reaction Friday: Friedel Crafts Acylation

Reaction Friday: Friedel Crafts Acylation

March 2, 2012

Today’s Reaction Friday is about the Friedel Crafts acylation of benzene and other aromatics, an important example of electrophilic aromatic substitution. One thing I forgot to say at the bottom is that there…

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The Lies We Tell

The Lies We Tell

August 10, 2011

Zed Shaw teaches a course in writing Python called “Python the Hard Way“. Because the hard way is easier, he says. In the end, he’s right. If you really want to learn organic chemistry, the hard way …

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Reagent Friday: Aluminum Chloride (AlCl3)

Reagent Friday: Aluminum Chloride (AlCl3)

July 22, 2011

In a blatant plug for the Reagent Guide, each Friday  I profile a different reagent that is commonly encountered in Org 1/ Org 2.  Note: there’s going to be an exciting announcement within the next little whi…

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Common Blind Spot: Intramolecular Reactions

Common Blind Spot: Intramolecular Reactions

July 4, 2011

So I bought a belt today (pleather, 75 cents at the Goodwill).  and decided to show it off. This is me putting it together. This is what it looks like now: At this point you’re probably saying WTF: that’s…

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