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Ketal

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  • A ketal is a compound that has the following general structural formula.

     

     

    • R1 = alkyl, aryl
    • R2 = alkyl, aryl
    • R3, R4 = alkyl (In most ketals, R3 = R4; cyclic ketals are an exception.)

     

    eg:

     

    The functional group 1 in an organic molecule is called the ketal group; the carbon atom bearing the two oxygen atoms is the ketal carbon.

     

    see also cyclic ketal