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Why aldol,condenstation takes place among alpha carbon and how to determine its lroduct obtainned? ​ ​ ​

Why aldol,condenstation takes place among alpha carbon and how to determine its lroduct obtainned?

Grade:12

1 Answers

Bhavya
askIITians Faculty 1281 Points
5 years ago
Aldol condensation requires alpha Hydrogen and not alpha Carbon because in order to proceed with the reaction the reagent( aq NaOH ) has to abstract proton and form Carbanion.
The product obtained isAnaldol condensationis β-hydroxyaldehyde or β-hydroxyketone, followed by a dehydration to give a conjugated enone.505-2466_aldol_reaction.png

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