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Oxidation Ladders

Oxidation Ladders

Once you get a handle on oxidations and reductions, you might start to notice that with some molecules these reactions can proceed in sequences. For example, if you start with an alkane with a CH3 group, the alkane can be oxidized to a primary alcohol. The alcohol can be oxidized to an aldehyde The aldehyde can be oxidized to a carboxylic acid. (The reverse reactions would all be reductions, of course) Each of these reactions involves the gradual increase in oxidation state at carbon. If you arrange these reactions with increasing oxidation state on the y axis, you get patterns which are often called oxidation ladders, and they are extremely useful way of organizing reactions. (We could do the reverse reactions and call it a “reduction ladder” – for some reason the name “oxidation ladder” has stuck). That’s why we often say that we oxidize the alcohol “up” to an aldehyde, and reduce an aldehyde “down” to an alcohol. the secondary carbon can be oxidized to a secondary alcohol the secondary alcohol can be oxidized to a ketone The ketone can even be oxidized to an ester Here’s the “oxidation ladder” for that sequence. Alkanes can be oxidized to alkenes. Alkenes can be oxidized to alkynes Some alkynes can even be oxidized further into ynols, an interesting but somewhat exotic species I won’t get into. It’s also a useful concept for organizing reactions that don’t involve climbing or descending the oxidation ladder. For instance, alkenes can be converted into either primary or secondary alcohols, depending on the choice of reagent – and either of these can be converted back into alkenes. Similarly, alkynes can be converted into either aldehydes or ketones, depending on the choice of reagent, and neither of these transformations are considere Continue reading >>

Laccase-mediator System For Alcohol Oxidation To Carbonyls Or Carboxylic Acids: Toward A Sustainable Synthesis Of Profens.

Laccase-mediator System For Alcohol Oxidation To Carbonyls Or Carboxylic Acids: Toward A Sustainable Synthesis Of Profens.

Abstract By combining two green and efficient catalysts, such as the commercially available enzyme laccase from Trametes versicolor and the stable free radical 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-N-oxyl (TEMPO), the oxidation in water of some primary alcohols to the corresponding carboxylic acids or aldehydes and of selected secondary alcohols to ketones can be accomplished. The range of applicability of bio-oxidation is widened by applying the optimized protocol to the oxidation of enantiomerically pure 2-arylpropanols (profenols) into the corresponding 2-arylpropionic acids (profens), in high yields and with complete retention of configuration. Continue reading >>

Preparation Of Carboxylic Acids

Preparation Of Carboxylic Acids

Carboxylic acids are mainly prepared by the oxidation of a number of different functional groups, as the following sections detail. Alkenes are oxidized to acids by heating them with solutions of potassium permanganate (KMnO 4) or potassium dichromate (K 2Cr 2O 7). The ozonolysis of alkenes produces aldehydes that can easily be further oxidized to acids. The oxidation of primary alcohols leads to the formation of alde‐hydes that undergo further oxidation to yield acids. All strong oxidizing agents (potassium permanganate, potassium dichromate, and chromium trioxide) can easily oxidize the aldehydes that are formed. Remember: Mild oxidizing agents such as manganese dioxide (MnO 2) and Tollen's reagent [Ag(NH 3) 2 +OH −] are only strong enough to oxidize alcohols to aldehydes. Alkyl groups that contain benzylic hydrogens—hydrogen(s) on a carbon α to a benzene ring—undergo oxidation to acids with strong oxidizing agents. In the above example, t‐butylbenzene does not contain a benzylic hydrogen and therefore doesn't undergo oxidation. The hydrolysis of nitriles, which are organic molecules containing a cyano group, leads to carboxylic acid formation. These hydrolysis reactions can take place in either acidic or basic solutions. The mechanism for these reactions involves the formation of an amide followed by hydrolysis of the amide to the acid. The mechanism follows these steps: The carbonation of Grignard reagents Continue reading >>

Aldehydes And Ketones

Aldehydes And Ketones

Aldehydes and Ketones The connection between the structures of alkenes and alkanes was previously established, which noted that we can transform an alkene into an alkane by adding an H2 molecule across the C=C double bond. The driving force behind this reaction is the difference between the strengths of the bonds that must be broken and the bonds that form in the reaction. In the course of this hydrogenation reaction, a relatively strong HH bond (435 kJ/mol) and a moderately strong carbon-carbon bond (270 kJ/mol) are broken, but two strong CH bonds (439 kJ/mol) are formed. The reduction of an alkene to an alkane is therefore an exothermic reaction. What about the addition of an H2 molecule across a C=O double bond? Once again, a significant amount of energy has to be invested in this reaction to break the HH bond (435 kJ/mol) and the carbon-oxygen bond (375 kJ/mol). The overall reaction is still exothermic, however, because of the strength of the CH bond (439 kJ/mol) and the OH bond (498 kJ/mol) that are formed. The addition of hydrogen across a C=O double bond raises several important points. First, and perhaps foremost, it shows the connection between the chemistry of primary alcohols and aldehydes. But it also helps us understand the origin of the term aldehyde. If a reduction reaction in which H2 is added across a double bond is an example of a hydrogenation reaction, then an oxidation reaction in which an H2 molecule is removed to form a double bond might be called dehydrogenation. Thus, using the symbol [O] to represent an oxidizing agent, we see that the product of the oxidation of a primary alcohol is literally an "al-dehyd" or aldehyde. It is an alcohol that has been dehydrogenated. This reaction also illustrates the importance of differentiating between primar Continue reading >>

Oxidation Of Aldehydes And Ketones

Oxidation Of Aldehydes And Ketones

This page looks at ways of distinguishing between aldehydes and ketones using oxidizing agents such as acidified potassium dichromate(VI) solution, Tollens' reagent, Fehling's solution and Benedict's solution. Why do aldehydes and ketones behave differently? You will remember that the difference between an aldehyde and a ketone is the presence of a hydrogen atom attached to the carbon-oxygen double bond in the aldehyde. Ketones don't have that hydrogen. The presence of that hydrogen atom makes aldehydes very easy to oxidize (i.e., they are strong reducing agents). Because ketones do not have that particular hydrogen atom, they are resistant to oxidation, and only very strong oxidizing agents like potassium manganate (VII) solution (potassium permanganate solution) oxidize ketones. However, they do it in a destructive way, breaking carbon-carbon bonds. Provided you avoid using these powerful oxidizing agents, you can easily tell the difference between an aldehyde and a ketone. Aldehydes are easily oxidized by all sorts of different oxidizing agents: ketones are not. What is formed when aldehydes are oxidized? It depends on whether the reaction is done under acidic or alkaline conditions. Under acidic conditions, the aldehyde is oxidized to a carboxylic acid. Under alkaline conditions, this couldn't form because it would react with the alkali. A salt is formed instead. Building equations for the oxidation reactions If you need to work out the equations for these reactions, the only reliable way of building them is to use electron-half-equations. The half-equation for the oxidation of the aldehyde obviously varies depending on whether you are doing the reaction under acidic or alkaline conditions. Under acidic conditions: Under alkaline conditions: These half-equations are Continue reading >>

Oxidation Reactions

Oxidation Reactions

Oxidation reactions The most important oxidation reactions are oxidation of alcohols (alkanols) and aldehydes (alkanals), using a variety of oxidising agents. Oxidation just means joining with oxygen. Complete combustion is an extreme oxidation reaction. Example: complete combustion of methanol 2 CH3OH + 3 O2 → 2 CO2 + 4 H2O Alcohols burn in oxygen to produce carbon dioxide and water. In organic chemistry, oxidation can mean either adding oxygen or removing hydrogen. The oxidations to remember are: primary alcohol →aldehyde →carboxylic acid; secondary alcohol→ketone →no further oxidation; tertiary alcohol →not oxidised. Example: oxidation of ethanol (primary alcohol). Ethanol is oxidised to produce ethanal by removing two hydrogen atoms. Ethanal is then oxidised to produce ethanoic acid, by adding an oxygen atom. The O:H ratio changes from 1:6 (ethanol) to 1:4 (ethanal) to 1:2 (ethanoic acid). Example: oxidation of propan-2-ol (secondary alcohol). Propan-2-ol is oxidised to produce propanone by removing two hydrogen atoms. The O:H ratio changes from 1:8 (propan-2-ol) to 1:6 (propanone). Both examples show that oxidation leads to an increase in the oxygen to hydrogen ratio. Tertiary alcohols are not easily oxidised because, unlike primary and secondary alcohols, they do not have a hydrogen atom attached to the same carbon atom as the hydroxyl group. Of course, the opposite of oxidation is reduction, and the previous two examples can also go in reverse. Example: reduction of ethanoic acid. Ethanoic acid is reduced to produce ethanal, by removing an oxygen atom. Ethanal is then reduced to produce ethanol, by adding two hydrogen atoms. The O:H ratio changes from 1:2 (ethanoic acid) to 1:4 (ethanal) to 1:6 (ethanol). The above example shows how the oxygen-to-hydr Continue reading >>

Synthesis Of Carboxylic Acids

Synthesis Of Carboxylic Acids

There are many possible synthetic pathways that yield carboxylic acids. Some of these are further discussed below. Alcohols and aldehydes may be oxidized into carboxylic acids. Alkenes may be converted into carboxylic acid through oxidative cleavage of the double bond with neutral or acid permanganate, for instance. However, the alkene must contain at least one hydrogen located at the double bond, otherwise only ketones are formed. The intermediate stage of an alkene's oxidative cleavage with permanganate is a 1,2-diol. If the alkene is not water-soluble, potassium permanganate can be made soluble in an organic solvent by the application of the crown ether (a cyclic polyether) 18-crown-6. 18-crown-6 complexes the potassium ion in its center, while its periphery is non-polar. As a result, potassium ions can be dissolved in an organic solvent, such as benzene, and the negatively charged permangnate ion is, thus, forced to dissolve, as well. The reactivity of permanganate ions that are dissolved in such a way is much higher than that of permangante ions in aqueous solution, as they are not solvated. Many alkenes may be converted into carboxylic acids through ozonization and subsequent oxidative workup. In a haloform reaction with iodine, bromine, or chlorine, methyl ketones are converted into the corresponding carboxylic acid and haloform. A Gringard reaction with carbon dioxide yields a carboxylate whose carbon chain contains exactly one carbon more than the alkyl halide applied. Hydrolysis of the carboxylate leads to the formation of the carboxylic acid. The reaction is diversely applicable and proves to be an easy source of many carboxylic acids. Continue reading >>

Aldehydes, Ketones, Carboxylic Acids, And Esters

Aldehydes, Ketones, Carboxylic Acids, And Esters

By the end of this section, you will be able to: Describe the structure and properties of aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and esters Another class of organic molecules contains a carbon atom connected to an oxygen atom by a double bond, commonly called a carbonyl group. The trigonal planar carbon in the carbonyl group can attach to two other substituents leading to several subfamilies (aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and esters) described in this section. Aldehydes and Ketones Both aldehydes and ketones contain a carbonyl group, a functional group with a carbon-oxygen double bond. The names for aldehyde and ketone compounds are derived using similar nomenclature rules as for alkanes and alcohols, and include the class-identifying suffixes –al and –one, respectively: In an aldehyde, the carbonyl group is bonded to at least one hydrogen atom. In a ketone, the carbonyl group is bonded to two carbon atoms: In both aldehydes and ketones, the geometry around the carbon atom in the carbonyl group is trigonal planar; the carbon atom exhibits sp2 hybridization. Two of the sp2 orbitals on the carbon atom in the carbonyl group are used to form σ bonds to the other carbon or hydrogen atoms in a molecule. The remaining sp2 hybrid orbital forms a σ bond to the oxygen atom. The unhybridized p orbital on the carbon atom in the carbonyl group overlaps a p orbital on the oxygen atom to form the π bond in the double bond. Like the C=O bond in carbon dioxide, the C=O bond of a carbonyl group is polar (recall that oxygen is significantly more electronegative than carbon, and the shared electrons are pulled toward the oxygen atom and away from the carbon atom). Many of the reactions of aldehydes and ketones start with the reaction between a Lewis base and the carbon atom at Continue reading >>

Jones Oxidation

Jones Oxidation

The Jones Oxidation allows a relatively inexpensive conversion of secondary alcohols to ketones and of most primary alcohols to carboxylic acids. The oxidation of primary allylic and benzylic alcohols gives aldehydes. Jones described for the first time a conveniently and safe procedure for a chromium (VI)-based oxidation, that paved the way for some further developments such as Collins Reaction and pyridinium dichromate, which also enabled the oxidation of primary alcohols to aldehydes. Mechanism of the Jones Oxidation The Jones Reagent is a mixture of chromic trioxide or sodium dichromate in diluted sulfuric acid, which forms chromic acid in situ. The alcohol and chromic acid form a chromate ester that either reacts intramolecularly or intermolecularly in the presence of a base (water) to yield the corresponding carbonyl compound: Aldehydes that can form hydrates in the presence of water are further oxidized to carboxylic acids: Some alcohols such as benzylic and allylic alcohols give aldehydes that do not form hydrates in significant amounts; these can therefore be selectively oxidized with unmodified Jones Reagent to yield aldehydes. Although the reagent is very acidic, the substrate in acetone is essentially titrated with the oxidant solution and only very acid-sensitive groups are incompatible. For example esters, even tert-butyl esters, remain unchanged. The concentration of sulfuric acid can be decreased to minimize side reactions, although the oxidation power increases too. Disproportionations and single electron transfers lead to chromium (V) acid and stable Cr(III) hydroxide. The chromium (V) acid promotes a two-electron oxidation of an alcohol and becomes Cr(III). Any residues of toxic Cr(V) and Cr(VI) compounds can be destroyed by the addition of an excess o Continue reading >>

Organic Chemistry/ketones And Aldehydes

Organic Chemistry/ketones And Aldehydes

Aldehydes () and ketones () are both carbonyl compounds. They are organic compounds in which the carbonyl carbon is connected to C or H atoms on either side. An aldehyde has one or both vacancies of the carbonyl carbon satisfied by a H atom, while a ketone has both its vacancies satisfied by carbon. 3 Preparing Aldehydes and Ketones Ketones are named by replacing the -e in the alkane name with -one. The carbon chain is numbered so that the ketone carbon, called the carbonyl group, gets the lowest number. For example, would be named 2-butanone because the root structure is butane and the ketone group is on the number two carbon. Alternatively, functional class nomenclature of ketones is also recognized by IUPAC, which is done by naming the substituents attached to the carbonyl group in alphabetical order, ending with the word ketone. The above example of 2-butanone can also be named ethyl methyl ketone using this method. If two ketone groups are on the same structure, the ending -dione would be added to the alkane name, such as heptane-2,5-dione. Aldehydes replace the -e ending of an alkane with -al for an aldehyde. Since an aldehyde is always at the carbon that is numbered one, a number designation is not needed. For example, the aldehyde of pentane would simply be pentanal. The -CH=O group of aldehydes is known as a formyl group. When a formyl group is attached to a ring, the ring name is followed by the suffix "carbaldehyde". For example, a hexane ring with a formyl group is named cyclohexanecarbaldehyde. Aldehyde and ketone polarity is characterized by the high dipole moments of their carbonyl group, which makes them rather polar molecules. They are more polar than alkenes and ethers, though because they lack hydrogen, they cannot participate in hydrogen bonding like Continue reading >>

Oxidation Reactions

Oxidation Reactions

Chapter 17: Aldehydes and Ketones. Nucleophilic Addition to C=O Nucleophilic Addition Reactions - Overview | Relative Reactivity | Reduction of Aldehydes and Ketones | Using Carbon Nucleophiles | Using Nitrogen Nucleophiles | Oxygen Nucleophiles | | Oxidation Reactions Chapter 17: Aldehydes and Ketones. Nucleophilic Addition to C=O Oxidation of Aldehydes Reaction type: Oxidation - reduction Summary Aldehydes, RCHO, can be oxidized to carboxylic acids, RCO2H. Ketones are not oxidized under these conditions as they lack the critical H for the elimination to occur (see mechanism below). The reactive species in the oxidation is the hydrate formed when the aldehyde reacts with the water. Typical reagents are aqueous Cr (VI) species: Related Reactions Oxidation of Alcohols OXIDATION OF ALDEHYDES Part 2: Now we essentially have an alcohol which reacts with the chromium species to form a chromate ester. Part 3: A base (here a water molecule) abstracts a proton from the chromate ester, the C=O forms and a Cr species leaves. This is really an E2 elimination reaction. Note the importance of the original aldehyde H... if its' missing, no oxidation can occur. The Baeyer-Villager Reaction Reaction type: Oxidation -reduction via Nucleophilic addition Summary Ketones, RCOR', can be oxidized by peracids to give esters, RCO2R'. It can be viewed as the insertion of O into one of the C-C bonds adjacent to the carbonyl. Cyclic ketones give cyclic esters which are also known as lactones. In non-symmetrical cases, it is the more highly substituted alkyl group that migrates : i.e. 3o R > 2o R > 1o R > -CH3 In this example the primary ethyl group migrates in preference to the methyl group Related Reactions Epoxidation of Alkenes THE BAEYER-VILLAGER REACTION Step 1: An acid/base reaction. Proton Continue reading >>

Wikipremed Mcat Course

Wikipremed Mcat Course

Oxidation of Aldehydes and Ketones Many of the stronger oxidizing agents such as KMnO4 will transform aldehydes into carboxylic acids. Tol- lens' reagent [Ag(NH3)2]+ is one such oxidant. A shiny mirror of metallic silver is deposited through oxidation of aldehydes by Tollens' reagent, so it is a frequently used test for aldehydes in qualitative analysis. Aldehydes are themselves oxidation products of alcohols. Be cognizant of the spectrum of oxidation states for organic carbon-oxygen functional groups, beginning with alcohols, which are more highly reduced than aldehydes or ketones. Aldehydes and ketones are in turn more reduced than carboxylic acids and carboxylic acid derivatives. A strong oxidizing agent like KMnO4 will oxidize a primary alcohol past the aldehyde and up to the carboxylic acid oxidation state, while other, weaker oxidizing agents, like PCC, can be used to form aldehydes from alcohols, not proceeding to oxidize the aldehyde further. In general, normal ketones are not oxidized except under extreme conditions. At high temperature, ketones are cleavage oxidized by a strong oxidizing agent like KMnO4. An exception is a benzylic carbonyl group, which KMnO4 oxidizes easily. Continue reading >>

Alcohol Oxidation

Alcohol Oxidation

Mechanism of oxidation of primary alcohols to carboxylic acids via aldehydes and aldehyde hydrates Alcohol oxidation is an important organic reaction. Primary alcohols (R-CH2-OH) can be oxidized either to aldehydes (R-CHO) or to carboxylic acids (R-CO2H), while the oxidation of secondary alcohols (R1R2CH-OH) normally terminates at the ketone (R1R2C=O) stage. Tertiary alcohols (R1R2R3C-OH) are resistant to oxidation.[1] The indirect oxidation of primary alcohols to carboxylic acids normally proceeds via the corresponding aldehyde, which is transformed via an aldehyde hydrate (R-CH(OH)2) by reaction with water. The oxidation of a primary alcohol at the aldehyde level is possible by performing the reaction in absence of water, so that no aldehyde hydrate can be formed. Oxidation to aldehydes[edit] Oxidation of alcohols to aldehydes and ketones Oxidation of alcohols to aldehydes is partial oxidation; aldehydes are further oxidized to carboxylic acids. Conditions required for making aldehydes are heat and distillation. In aldehyde formation, the temperature of the reaction should be kept above the boiling point of the aldehyde and below the boiling point of the alcohol. Reagents useful for the transformation of primary alcohols to aldehydes are normally also suitable for the oxidation of secondary alcohols to ketones. These include: Chromium-based reagents, such as Collins reagent (CrO3·Py2), PDC or PCC. Activated DMSO, resulting from reaction of DMSO with electrophiles, such as oxalyl chloride (Swern oxidation), a carbodiimide (Pfitzner-Moffatt oxidation) or the complex SO3·Py (Parikh-Doering oxidation). Hypervalent iodine compounds, such as Dess-Martin periodinane or 2-Iodoxybenzoic acid. Catalytic TPAP in presence of excess of NMO (Ley oxidation). Catalytic TEMPO in pre Continue reading >>

Reactions Of Alcohols

Reactions Of Alcohols

Because alcohols are easily synthesized and easily transformed into other compounds, they serve as important intermediates in organic synthesis. A multistep synthesis may use Grignard-like reactions to form an alcohol with the desired carbon structure, followed by reactions to convert the hydroxyl group of the alcohol to the desired functionality. The most common reactions of alcohols can be classified as oxidation, dehydration, substitution, esterification, and reactions of alkoxides. Alcohols may be oxidized to give ketones, aldehydes, and carboxylic acids. These functional groups are useful for further reactions; for example, ketones and aldehydes can be used in subsequent Grignard reactions, and carboxylic acids can be used for esterification. Oxidation of organic compounds generally increases the number of bonds from carbon to oxygen (or another electronegative element, such as a halogen), and it may decrease the number of bonds to hydrogen. Secondary alcohols are easily oxidized without breaking carbon-carbon bonds only as far as the ketone stage. No further oxidation is seen except under very stringent conditions. Tertiary alcohols cannot be oxidized at all without breaking carbon-carbon bonds, whereas primary alcohols can be oxidized to aldehydes or further oxidized to carboxylic acids. Chromic acid (H2CrO4, generated by mixing sodium dichromate, Na2Cr2O7, with sulfuric acid, H2SO4) is an effective oxidizing agent for most alcohols. It is a strong oxidant, and it oxidizes the alcohol as far as possible without breaking carbon-carbon bonds. Chromic acid oxidizes primary alcohols to carboxylic acids, and it oxidizes secondary alcohols to ketones. Tertiary alcohols do not react with chromic acid under mild conditions. With a higher temperature or a more concentrate Continue reading >>

Oxidation Of Aldehydes And Ketones

Oxidation Of Aldehydes And Ketones

This page looks at ways of distinguishing between aldehydes and ketones using oxidising agents such as acidified potassium dichromate(VI) solution, Tollens' reagent, Fehling's solution and Benedict's solution. Background Why do aldehydes and ketones behave differently? You will remember that the difference between an aldehyde and a ketone is the presence of a hydrogen atom attached to the carbon-oxygen double bond in the aldehyde. Ketones don't have that hydrogen. The presence of that hydrogen atom makes aldehydes very easy to oxidise. Or, put another way, they are strong reducing agents. Note: If you aren't sure about oxidation and reduction, it would be a good idea to follow this link to another part of the site before you go on. Alternatively, come back to this link if you feel you need help later on in this page. Use the BACK button (or HISTORY file or GO menu if you get seriously waylaid) on your browser to return to this page. Because ketones don't have that particular hydrogen atom, they are resistant to oxidation. Only very strong oxidising agents like potassium manganate(VII) solution (potassium permanganate solution) oxidise ketones - and they do it in a destructive way, breaking carbon-carbon bonds. Provided you avoid using these powerful oxidising agents, you can easily tell the difference between an aldehyde and a ketone. Aldehydes are easily oxidised by all sorts of different oxidising agents: ketones aren't. You will find details of these reactions further down the page. What is formed when aldehydes are oxidised? It depends on whether the reaction is done under acidic or alkaline conditions. Under acidic conditions, the aldehyde is oxidised to a carboxylic acid. Under alkaline conditions, this couldn't form because it would react with the alkali. A salt Continue reading >>

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