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« on: August 18, 2008, 03:40:58 PM »
1. List the types of alkyl halides that can be used to prepare a triphenylphosphonium bromide and explain why only these halides are allowed.

ok so this question is talking about wittig preparation right? and if tht is correct then what i know is tht primary alkyl halides work best and secondary alkyl halides work but give poor yields.  I think aromatic halides also work well.  Is there anything that I'm missing, and did i understand the question.  Thanks

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Re: wittig?
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2008, 04:08:29 PM »
Aromatic halides are not reactive enough to give a phosphonium salt.  I think you understand the question fine, but you haven't answered why. 

One thing, though.  'wittig preparation' is probably colloquially ok, but not a technical term.  We're preparing phosphonium salts, or perhaps 'Wittig salts', but we aren't forming phosphorus ylides.  It is the ylide that participates in the Wittig reaction.
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