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The mechanism of ester hydrolysis via alkyl oxygen cleavage under a quantum microscope

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
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My previous dissection of the mechanism for ester hydrolysis dealt with the acyl-oxygen cleavage route (red bond). There is a much rarer[1] alternative: alkyl-oxygen cleavage (green bond) which I now place under the microscope.

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References

  1. C.A. Bunton, and J.L. Wood, "Tracer studies on ester hydrolysis. Part II. The acid hydrolysis of tert.-butyl acetate", Journal of the Chemical Society (Resumed), pp. 1522, 1955. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/jr9550001522