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Carbonyl Chemistry

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Enolate Anions with other carbonyls

This final section of the chapter deals with a few named reactions in which enolate anions react with other carbonyl compounds as nucleophiles – so these could realistically have been placed under the nucleophilic addition chapter.

Ketones & Aldehydes

Because of the lack of leaving group on these carbonyls (the leaving group would have to be an alkyl group leaving as a carbanion – not generally very stable), they react differently to the general reactions discussed on the previous page.

Introduction to Carbonyls

A carbonyl is a molecule containing the C=O functional group. For the purposes of this chapter they will be split into 2 categories – one category will be ketones and aldehydes, the other will include pretty much everything else.