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CHM 2211L - Introduction to Organic Laboratory Techniques

Organic Chemistry Literature Assignments

Literature Assignment

Look up this literature article on preparing benzil in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, 1948, 70, 3666-3667, and answer the following questions:

  1. This article describes another method for oxidizing benzoin to benzil. What oxidizing agent(s) are used?
  2. What % yield of ketones are claimed in this article?
  3. What is the solvent used in this oxidation-reduction method?
  4. The process for this oxidation-reduction method involves three steps or equation. List all three.
  5. What is the function of the Cu(C2H3O2)2?
  6. How does the oxidation number change for copper in step one? Is copper the reducing or oxidizing agent in this step?
  7. How does the oxidation number change for copper in step two? Is copper the reducing or oxidizing agent in this step?
  8. How does the oxidation number change for nitrogen (NO3-1) to (NO2-1) in step two? Is nitrate the reducing or oxidizing agent in this step?
  9. What happens to nitrite ion (NO2-1) in step three?
  10. What is the structure and chemical name for o-veratril?

Retrieve the full text of the article

Search the UCF Libraries catalog for "journal of the american chemical society", selecting [journal title] from the dropdown list to restrict the field where the phrase is being searched.

Journal of the American Chemical Society -- available online via the UCF Libraries subscription to American Chemical Society Publications. The bound paper copies are at call number QD 1 .A5 (v.1-125; 1879-2003), but are currently housed in Remote Storage and are not directly accessible.