What is an enolate in organic chemistry?

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What is an enolate in organic chemistry?

Enolates

There are certain species in organic reactions that are formed during the course of the reaction and are responsible for directing the reactions in forward direction. One of such species is the enolate which is generally formed during the reaction and is highly reactive.

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Carbonyl compounds have highly acidic alpha hydrogens. These alpha hydrogens can be extracted using bases. The conjugate base formed by the loss of an...

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Aldol Condensation: Mechanism & Reaction

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Chapter 5 / Lesson 12
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A reaction that causes a carbon-carbon bond and a enol or enolate molecule to form and reacts with an aldehyde or ketone is called an aldol condensation. Learn more about aldol condensation reactions and how it occurs in three steps: getting rid of the alpha hydrogen, forming new carbon and carbonyl bonds, and converting carbonyl groups to COH.


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