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Offline Slender

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Alcohol as by-product in Grignard reaction
« on: August 27, 2014, 07:26:01 AM »
In the reaction of n-docecylmagnesium bromide (1M solution in Et2O) in with aldehydes we usually obtain not negligible amounts of n-dodecanol.
This happens even with a freshly opened reagent, so we can rule out the presence of the corresponding alkoxide formed by oxidation after prolonged storage.
Any idea to account for the formation of the alcohol?

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Re: Alcohol as by-product in Grignard reaction
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2014, 08:12:37 AM »
Oxygen in your flask - ether in the atmosphere or dissolved in any additional solvent you are adding.
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