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Reducing Sugars

Reducing Sugars

September 12, 2017

What’s a reducing sugar, and why is it important? Here’s a quick summary. Full details in the post below. Better Living Through Chemistry Q.  Can you think of a situation where it might be useful to be ab…

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Grignard Reactions And Synthesis (2)

Grignard Reactions And Synthesis (2)

January 19, 2016

Here’s the summary for today’s post on synthesis incorporating Grignard reagents and oxidants: Synthesis Using Grignard Reagents (Part 2) In the last post we saw how to approach some fairly straightforward…

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Demystifying Alcohol Oxidations

Demystifying Alcohol Oxidations

May 21, 2015

Today’s post in a nutshell: The Familiar Key Step At The Heart Of (Almost) All Alcohol Oxidation Reactions When I was learning organic chemistry I remember the reagents for oxidation reactions completely coming …

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Alcohol Oxidation: “Strong” and “Weak” Oxidants

Alcohol Oxidation: “Strong” and “Weak” Oxidants

May 6, 2015

Here’s what we’ll talk about today: reagents for the oxidation of alcohols! Oxidations Of Alcohols With “Eye Of Newt”, “Wing of Bat”, and “Powdered Unicorn Horn” Here we…

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Alkene Reactions: Ozonolysis

Alkene Reactions: Ozonolysis

April 23, 2013

Today’s post represents not so much a pattern in alkene reactions, so much as it does a very common reaction that bears mentioning along with the rest. What makes this reaction special is that it does not simpl…

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Hydroboration of Alkenes: The Mechanism

Hydroboration of Alkenes: The Mechanism

March 28, 2013

In the last post we saw that the results of hydroboration of alkenes are not in accord with any of the two families of mechanisms we’ve previously seen (carbocation pathway, 3-membered ring pathway). With hydrob…

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Introduction to Oxidative Cleavage Reactions

Introduction to Oxidative Cleavage Reactions

November 1, 2011

The four posts on acid-base, substitution, addition, and elimination covered the 4 main reactions in organic chemistry I. In this second series of posts we go beyond these to introduce a few of the less common (…

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Reagent Friday: Sodium Periodate

Reagent Friday: Sodium Periodate

October 21, 2011

In a blatant plug for the Reagent Guide and the Reagents App for iPhone, each Friday  I profile a different reagent that is commonly encountered in Org 1/ Org 2.  In organic chemistry, sometimes you need to buil…

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Reagent Friday: Ozone (O3)

Reagent Friday: Ozone (O3)

September 16, 2011

In a blatant plug for the Reagent Guide and the Reagents App for iPhone, each Friday  I profile a different reagent that is commonly encountered in Org 1/ Org 2.  Ozone is a molecule that most people are familiar…

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Reagent Friday: PCC (Pyridinium Chlorochromate)

Reagent Friday: PCC (Pyridinium Chlorochromate)

September 9, 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. Version 1.2 just got released, with a host of corrections and a new page index.  Wha…

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