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What is the mechanism for demercuration of organomercurial alcohol?

  1. Mar 30, 2005 #1
    Can someone point me in the right direction to find a page that gives the actual mechanism for this reaction? My book just says "... demercuration, to remove the mercury. Sodium borohydride replaces the mercuric acetate fragment with hydrogen. Then it gives the reaction

    4 organomercurial alcohol + NaBH4 + 4 -OH --> 4 Alcohol + NaB(OH)4 + 4Hg + 4 -OAc.

    I don't know how this actually takes place, and my organic book doesn't explain it:( Any references or links would be helpful. The searches I got just mentioned it, didn't give the mechanism.

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