|Chapter 18: Enols and Enolates|
In this chapter we look at another
type of reactivity of carbonyl compounds where they function as nucleophiles.
Before starting this, you should make sure you are familiar with the contrasting reactions where the aldehydes and ketones are attacked by nucleophiles due to the electrophilic character of the carbonyl C and undergo nucleophilic addition (Chapter 17)
|Treatment of aldehydes and
ketones with a suitable base can lead to the formation of a nucleophilic
species called an enolate that reacts with electrophiles.
These C nucleophiles are useful for making new carbon-carbon bonds.
Enols and Enolates
|© Dr. Ian Hunt, Department of Chemistry|