When carrying out the aldol condensation between acetophenone and
benzaldehyde, a student decides to heat up the reaction flask to make it go faster.
When she takes a TLC at the end of the reaction, she notices a second spot with
similar polarity to the crossed-aldol product. What could this side-product be?
Illustrate with a mechanism (hint: the aldehyde is not involved in this process).
My thought about this was that the enolate that results from the ketone can react with another ketone, meaning aldol condensation would take place as well as crossed condensation. Some thoughts please? :S
Also, why does a product have to be completely dry before taking melting point? It makes sense in my head but i don't know how to properly explain this.