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oxidation of 2-butaone

ahlok2002 - 10-12-2003 at 11:23

what are the acids from oxidation of the 2-butanone with kmno4 in base condition?

vulture - 10-12-2003 at 11:26

Is this a homework question?

ahlok2002 - 10-12-2003 at 11:35

yes!yet just want to get some hints that may help me to get some information, since i'm new learner in this field. actually i'm trying to synthesis acid from secondary ketone, yet by theory two acids will form ? need your help......

Marvin - 10-12-2003 at 14:23

In so much as you need a hint, for a ketone 'base' usually translates to 'enol' or 'carbanion'. Now which enol would form preferentially, and what might that do.

In reality I would expect aldol reactions and subsequent oxidation products to really mess things up. But if this is a book question, 10 to 1 it is what I think.

ahlok2002 - 11-12-2003 at 07:31

if follow the stability of alkene, the disubsituted alkene more stable. i'll espect the dauble bonds form in the enol at the C2-C3, right? then the furthe oxidation will lead to the ethanoic acid. or very low yield of propanoic acid. if that so what is the most suitable oxidizing agent can provide maximal yeild, i'm thinking to use H202 or HNO3 with V205.the incubation temperature at 50-65'c and for 2-3 hours. any suggestion?just post up.:)