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22.2 Reactivity of Enols: The Mechanism of Alpha-Substitution Reactions

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    91006
  • Objectives

    After completing this section, you should be able to write a detailed mechanism for an acid‑catalyzed, alpha‑substitution reaction of a carbonyl compound.

    How Enols React

    1) Acid-catalyzed enol formation:

    2) Electrophile (E+) attack and subsequent loss of proton from oxygen:

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