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Why aromatic aldehydes are less reactive than aliphatic aldehyds?

  1. Sep 23, 2009 #1
    Why aromatic aldehydes are less reactive than aliphatic aldehyds?
     
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  3. Sep 23, 2009 #2
    Re: Aldehydes

    probably just sterics
     
  4. Sep 23, 2009 #3

    chemisttree

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    Re: Aldehydes

    It depends on what you mean by reactive. If a particular reaction relies on an initially formed enol, it is obvious why the aliphatic aldehyde would be more reactive than the aromatic one, for example.
     
  5. Sep 23, 2009 #4

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    Re: Aldehydes

    First consider what features of aldehydes make them reactive.
     
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