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ALDEHYDES & KETONES (ALKANALS & ALKANONES). ALDEHYDES & KETONES (ALKANALS & ALKANONES). The simplest aldehyde is formaldehyde (CH 2 O). It is the only aldehyde without an alkyl group attached to the carbonyl C. Aldehydes & ketones both contain the carbonyl group.

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ALDEHYDES & KETONES

(ALKANALS & ALKANONES)

aldehydes ketones alkanals alkanones
ALDEHYDES & KETONES (ALKANALS & ALKANONES)
  • The simplest aldehyde is formaldehyde (CH2O). It is the only aldehyde without an alkyl group attached to the carbonyl C.

Aldehydes & ketones both contain the carbonyl group.

All other aldehydes, such as acetaldehyde (CH3CHO), have one alkyl group and one H attached to the carbonyl C.

  • All ketones have two alkyl groups attached to the carbonyl C.
aldehydes and ketones are electrophiles
Aldehydes and Ketones are Electrophiles
  • The carbonyl group has a strong dipole.

DEN(O-C) = (3.5-2.5) = 1.0 (a polar bond)

  • The d+ carbon is an electron acceptor, (an electrophile).
  • Good nucleophiles (CH3MgBr) and even fair nucleophiles (NH3) will readily add to the carbonyl group of aldehydes and ketones.

The weak p bond breaks as the Nu:- adds, so that C remains tetravalent ( 5 bonds).

  • The alkyl group and the H atom bonded to the carbonyl are not leaving groups. They are not displaced because hydride (H:-) and alkanides (R:-) are extremely strong bases.
  • pKb H:- = -21 and pKb :CH3- = -40! (:CH3- = methide).
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acid chloride

acid anhydride

aldehyde

ketone

ester

carboxylicacid

amide

nitrile

carboxylate

most

reactive

least

reactive

Aldehydes and Ketones are Electrophiles

  • Aldehydes and ketones are moderately reactive as electrophiles (electron acceptors) among the carboxylic acid derivatives.
basicity of aldehydes and ketones
Basicity of Aldehydes and Ketones
  • The d- oxygen is a weak base (pKb ca. 21)Its non bonded e’s are protonated by strong acids.
  • The + charge is shared with the carbonyl C by resonance forming a carbocation – a very good E+.
  • Even weak Nu:-’s (like H2O and ROH) will donate electrons to an aldehyde or ketone in the presence of a strong acid catalyst, e.g., H2SO4 or HCl.
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Acidity of Aldehydes and Ketones

  • The a-carbon is the carbon bonded to the carbonyl, not the carbonyl carbon itself.
  • Hydrogens bonded to the carbonyl carbon, the a-carbon, the b-carbon, etc. are not polar and thus are not acidic hydrogens.
  • The a-hydrogens can be removed by strong bases because the carbanion that forms is stabilized by resonance with the adjacent carbonyl oxygen forming an enolate.
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Boiling Points and Solubility of Aldehydes and Ketones

  • The carbonyl group is strongly polar but does not produce hydrogen bonding (It has no polar hydrogens). As a result, the boiling points of aldehydes and ketones are higher than the nonpolar hydrocarbons and the alkyl halides but lower than those of alcohols.
  • Formaldehyde is a gas at room temperature (b.p. = -21 C) but heavier aldehydes are liquids. Acetone, the simplest ketone, is a liquid at room temperature (b.p. = 56 C).
  • Lower molecular weight aldehydes and ketones are water soluble. Acetone, formaldehyde and acetaldehyde are miscible in water.
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cyclohexanecarbaldehyde

IUPAC Nomenclature of Aldehydes

Aldehydes: in open chains:

alkane+al  “alkanal”

3-bromobutanal

4-hydroxypentanal

2-phenylethanal

  • The parent chain must contain the CHO- group, and this group is numbered as carbon 1 (because it is always at a chain end).

Aldehydes: attached to rings:

ring+carbaldehyde  “ringcarbaldehyde”

3-hydroxycyclopentanecarbaldehyde

benzenecarbaldehyde

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Common Names of Aldehydes

  • In the common system, aldehydes are named from the common names of the corresponding carboxylic acid.
  • The ‘ic acid’ ending is replaced with ‘aldehyde’.

formic acid

formaldehyde

acetic acid

acetaldehyde

propionic acid

propionaldehyde

butyric acid

butyraldehyde

valeraldehyde

valeric acid

caproaldehyde

caproic acid

  • Substituents locations are given using Greek letters (, , , , , .) beginning with the carbon next to the carbonyl carbon, the a-carbon.

-bromobutyraldehyde

-hydroxyvaleraldehyde

-phenylacetaldehyde

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IUPAC Nomenclature of Ketones

Ketones: in both open chains and rings:

alkane+one  “alkanone”

  • The parent chain must contain the C=O group , and this chain is numbered to give the carbonyl group as low a number as possible. In cyclic ketones, the carbonyl group is assigned the number ‘1’.

1-phenyl-1-butanone

2-chloro-4-methyl-3-pentanone

2-butanone

  • Ketones are just below aldehydes in nomenclature priority.
  • A ketone group is named as an ‘oxo’ substituent in an aldehyde.

An olefinic ketone is named as an ‘enone’, literally: “#-alken-#-one”.

4-methyl-2-cyclohexen-1-one

3-oxopentanal

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Common Names of Ketones

  • The two alkyl groups attached to the carbonyl are named and the word ‘ketone’ is added as a separate word. It is literally ‘alkyl alkyl ketone’.
  • The alkyl groups are listed alphabetically or in order of increasing size.
  • As with aldehydes, substituents locations are given in common names using Greek letters (, , , , , .) beginning with the a-carbon.

methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK)

g-methoxypropyl phenyl ketone

-chloroethyl isopropyl ketone

Some historic names persist:

acetophenone

benzophenone

benzaldehyde

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(I) 3-cylcopentene-1-carbaldehyde

Nomenclature Practice

  • Name these in IUPAC and, where possible, common nomenclature.

(I) 1-phenyl-2-propanone

(I) 4-fluorocyclohexane-1-carbaldehyde

(c) methyl benzyl ketone

  • Draw the structures of the following compounds.

butanedial bromomethyl b-bromoethyl ketone 2,4-pentanedione

  • And these:

(I) 2-butenal

(I) 3-buten-2-one

(c) methyl vinyl ketone

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Preparation of Aldehydes (2 Methods)

Mild oxidation of 1° Alcohols: (with anhydrous oxidants, PCC in CHCl2 or Collins reagent (CrO3 in pyridine).

1,3-cyclobutanedicarbaldehyde

Dry ice (solid CO2) sublimes at –78°C.

Reduction of acid chlorides,esters, and nitriles.

acid chloride

Only 1 equivalent of very cold DIBAH is used to avoid further reduction of the aldehyde to an alcohol.

ester

nitrile

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Preparation of Aldehydes (2 Methods)

  • Recall that 1° alcohols are readily oxidized to carboxylic acids by most oxidants in aqueous media.
  • In non aqueous media, moderate to strong oxidants become mild, oxidizing 1° alcohols only as far as the aldehyde.
  • Carboxylic acids can be reduced to 1° alcohols with LiAlH4, but no reagent has been found that will stop the reduction at the aldehyde.
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Preparation of Aldehydes (2 Methods)

  • Carboxylic acids are difficult to reduce and any reducing agent strong enough to reduce them, e.g., LiAlH4, will not stop at the aldehyde but always produces the 1° alcohol.
  • Several ‘derivatives’ of carboxylic acids can be reduced to aldehydes under carefully controlled conditions.
  • Acid chlorides, esters, and nitriles are reduced to aldehydes using very cold conditions (-78°C) and only 1 equivalent of a mild reducing agent, ‘diisobutylaluminum hydride’ = DIBAH (usually in toluene).
  • DIBAH is weaker than LiAlH4. DIBAH is neutral; LiAlH4 is ionic.
  • DIBAH is similar to AlH3 but is hindered by its bulky isobutyl groups.
  • Only one mole of H:- is released per mole of DIBAH.
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Preparation of Aldehydes (2 Methods)

  • Study the following examples and note which groups are displaced by the hydride (H:-) from DIBAH.
  • Write equations showing the preparation of:
  • pentanal from 1-pentanol
  • butanal from an ester
  • benzaldehyde from a nitrile
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Preparation of Ketones (4 Methods)

Oxidation of 2° Alcohols: with mild (anhydrous) oxidants, moderate, or strong oxidants, e.g., H2CrO4, HNO3, KMnO4, NaOCl, etc.

4-t-butylcyclohexanone

Friedel Crafts Acylation of Aromatics: yields ketones when an acid chloride is used as the electrophile.

1-(4-hydroxyphenyl)propanone

Hydration of Alkynes: with Hg+2 and H3O+ yields an enol, that ‘tautomerizes’ to a ketone.

2-octanone

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Preparation of Ketones (4 Methods)

  • Acid Chlorides + Lithium Dialkyl Copper (Gilman Reagent): produces ketones.
  • The reaction is unique to these two reagents and the mechanism is uncertain. As with DIBAH for aldehyde reductions, a low temperature (-78 C) solvent (ether) is used to prevent further alkyl addition to the ketone to form an alcohol. (Acid chlorides are very good electrophiles).
  • Carboxylic acids, esters, anhydrides and amides are not reduced by diorganocopper reagents.They are not as reactive as acid chlorides.

2-heptanone

  • Recall that a stronger reducing reagent, such as a Grignard (RMgBr) will also reduce an acid chloride to a ketone, but reduction cannot be stopped here. The ketone is further reduced to an alcohol.
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Preparation of Ketones Problems

  • Write equations to show how the following transformations can be carried out. Show all reagents and intermediate products.
  • 3-hexyne  3-hexanone
  • benzene  m-bromoacetophenone
  • bromobenzene  acetophenone
  • 1-methylcyclohexene  2-methylcyclohexanone
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Preparation of Ketones Problems

  • Recall the effects of substituents on aromatic rings. They affect both the reactivity of aromatics and the position at which Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution (EAS) will occur.