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Homework Help: Help! Identifying a unknown aromatic ketone-we're stuck in a rut!

  1. May 6, 2010 #1
    Help! Identifying a unknown aromatic ketone--we're stuck in a rut!

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    My 12th grade O'chem lab has been given an unknown organic compound. We have tested it and know the following:
    BP-~214 degrees C
    Soluble in H2SO4
    Neutral compound
    Aromatic ketone
    No Nitrogen present
    Physical description: very pale yellow liquid, smells like a very chemical version of Vic's Vapor Rub

    We were also given an IR to analyze, which yielded very similar results to 2-decanone (which is what we thought it was until we found out it was aromatic). Now we have run out of ideas. I have sifted through close to 1000 IR specs, and all I know is what it is not. Major IR peaks are 3000-2900, 1700, 1500-1400, 1250.

    I'm looking for suggestions as to further tests we can run, possible compounds that fit this description, anything. Thanks!


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  3. May 6, 2010 #2
    Re: Help! Identifying a unknown aromatic ketone--we're stuck in a rut!

    What other types of testing are you equipped for and prepared to perform?
     
  4. May 7, 2010 #3

    Ygggdrasil

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    Re: Help! Identifying a unknown aromatic ketone--we're stuck in a rut!

    What's your evidence that it is aromatic? What's your evidence that it contains a ketone?
     
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