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The Wolff-Kishner, Clemmensen, and Other Fun Reductions In this post we go through 4 ways of reducing C=O to CH2 including: The Wolff-Kishner reaction TheRead more
How Gilman Reagents (Organocuprates) Are Made Here’s the summary for today’s post: Table of Contents Organometallics: What About The Rest Of The Periodic Table? CanRead more
Try applying the rules for calculating oxidation states to carbon.
It’s going to feel a little bit weird. Why? Because there are two key differences.
First, carbon is often more electronegative (2.5) than some of the atoms it’s bound to (such as H, 2.2). So what do you do in this case?
Secondly, unlike metal-metal bonds, carbon-carbon bonds are ubiquitous. So how do you deal with them?
Iron smelting! Photo credit: http://sclowcountryoutdoors.blogspot.com/2011/02/iron-smelting-at-acba.html In the beginning, the term actually made sense. When the alchemists and medieval metallurgists started doing experiments to quantify exactly howRead more
My apologies for the interruption. I seem to have wrested control of my blog back from the cats for now, but I’m not sure howRead more