Synthesis and characterization of aldol condensation products from unknown aldehydes and ketones. An inquiry-based experiment in the undergraduate laboratory

Nicholas G. Angelo, Laura K. Henchey, Adam J. Waxman, James Canary, Paramjit Arora, Donald Wink

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A multi-week module where students perform the aldol condensation between an unknown aldehyde and unknown ketone has been synthesized and characterized. Students were given samples from an array of different compounds and were provided with the general procedure for the aldol condensation. As compound's reactivities differ, students often modify the reaction conditions to optimize the reactions. Thin liquid chromatography was used to monitor the reactions and students had to determine a suitable solvent system for th reaction mixtures. Students also used techniques such as H NMR, GC-MS, FTIR and wet chemistry process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1816-1818
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Chemical Education
Volume84
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2007

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Synthesis and characterization of aldol condensation products from unknown aldehydes and ketones. An inquiry-based experiment in the undergraduate laboratory. / Angelo, Nicholas G.; Henchey, Laura K.; Waxman, Adam J.; Canary, James; Arora, Paramjit; Wink, Donald.

In: Journal of Chemical Education, Vol. 84, No. 11, 11.2007, p. 1816-1818.

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