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Please explain the INTRAMOLECULAR ALDOL CONDENSATION in detail with mechanism.

6 years ago


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Dear vikas

The reaction involves an enolate reacting with another molecule of the aldehyde


few important thing regarding the adol reaction

It is a  Nucleophilic addition Reaction

Reagents : commonly a base such as NaOH or KOH is added to the aldehyde.

The reaction involves an enolate reacting with another molecule of the aldehyde.

Remember enolates are good nucleophiles and carbonyl C are electrophiles.

The products of these reactions are b-hydroxyaldehydes or aldehyde-alcohols = aldols.

The simplest aldol reaction is the condensation of ethanal. This is shown below in 2 different representations (the line diagrams are less cluttered)



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