Hydrolysis reaction

  • #1
I am a newbie to organic chemistry. Can someone please outline a hydrolysis reaction of aspartame...I.E. parts of aspartame to parts of water.

I would greatly appreciate it. :)

What would be left over after the hydrolysis reaction. I read it should be phenylalanine...How would you purify the solution of any inpurities?
 

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  • #2
It's a pretty standard hydrolysis, you can find the mechanism in any O-chem text. There's really no use in explaining it step by step verbally on a message board.

Notice the structure of aspartame. They hydrolysis occurs at the amide functionality which cleaves the molecule into a carboxylic acid and an amine, the latter of which is phenylalanine.
 

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