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Dieckmann Condensation

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  • The Dieckmann condensation is the intramolecular chemical reaction of diesters with base to give β-ketoesters. It is named after the German chemist Walter Dieckmann (1869–1925). The equivalent intermolecular reaction is the Claisen condensation.

    Reaction Mechanism

    Deprotonation of an ester at the α-position generates an enolate ion which then undergoes a 5-exo-trig nucleophilic attack to give a cyclic enol. Protonation with a Bronsted-Lowry acid (H3O+ for example) re-forms the β-keto ester.[6]

    Owing to the steric stability of five- and six-membered ring structures, these will preferentially be formed. So 1,6 diesters will form five-membered cyclic β-keto esters, while 1,7 diesters will form six-membered β-keto esters.[7]


    Animation of the reaction mechanism

    See also

    • Claisen condensation
    • Gabriel-Colman rearrangement


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