What is the mechanism of this reaction?


What is the mechanism of this reaction?

The Claisen Condensation Reaction

The Claisen condensation is the base-catalyzed reaction between an ester and a carbonyl fragment that yields a 1,3-diketone compound. The reaction takes place through an enolate intermediate, which is the species that results when a carbonyl-containing compound has been deprotonated at the carbon adjacent to the carbonyl (the {eq}α {/eq}-carbon).

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In this problem, an intramolecular Claisen condensation reaction takes place, followed by alkylation (addition of an alkyl group) of the 1,3-diketone...

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Aldol Addition: Mechanism & Reaction
Aldol Addition: Mechanism & Reaction

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Chapter 12 / Lesson 1

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