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The mechanism of the Baeyer-Villiger rearrangement.

Monday, May 7th, 2012

The Baeyer-Villiger rearrangement was named after its discoverers, who in 1899 described the transformation of menthone into the corresponding lactone using Caro’s acid (peroxysulfuric acid). The mechanism is described in all text books of organic chemistry as involving an alkyl migration. Here I take a look at the scheme described by Alvarez-Idaboy, Reyes and Mora-Diez[cite]10.1039/b712608e[/cite], and which may well not yet have made it to all the text books!