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Grignard synthesis

  1. Dec 29, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Predict the product, along with the reaction mechanism,of the given reactants -:

    [tex] Ph-Mg-X + tert-butyl alcohol \longrightarrow \ ? [/tex]

    My attempt
    This is a grignard synthesis, RMgX where R is phenyl carbanion . The general reaction with water gives alkanes,and X-Mg-OH . Similarly the reaction with alcohol should give tertbutyl benzene and X-Mg-OH ??? But the given answer is benzene.
    Could someone give an explanation as to how that is being formed ?
    Any links to webpages explaining griganard reactions with alcohols will also be appreciated.
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  3. Dec 30, 2007 #2


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    What is the product of a reaction between a grignard (strong base and sometimes alkylating agent) and an alcohol?

    This statement is not correct:
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