I was wondering, let's say you had CH3-(CH2)2-CH3, how could you add a double bonded oxygen (like a carbonyl group) to one of the middle carbons?
The only thing I can think of is adding NBS, then doing an E2 using heat and methoxide to get an alkene, then maybe adding MCPBA and hydroxide ion to form an epoxide, then doing an acid-catalyzed opening of the epoxide to get trans OH groups, but that leads me to a related question, which was on one of our previous exams -
if you had two anti OH groups on an alkane, how would you be able to turn that into an alkane with just a carbonyl group on it?
So I guess there's two questions - how, in general, would you add a double bonded oxygen to an alkane, and the question I just asked above.
Thanks so much for reading, and I can't tell you how much I'd appreciate it if someone could answer this for me.