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    Explain, using suitable mechanisms, why compound H will undergo deuterium exchange but compound I will not.

    please help me with this question, it is due today!!!!!!!!!!1

    see the attached document
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    Explain, using suitable mechanisms, why compound H will undergo deuterium exchange but compound I will not.

    please help me with this question, it is due today!!!!!!!!!!1

    see the attached document
    tanx!
    shouldn't have tried to finish off assignments few hours before the deadline!

    anyway, H can form the enolate in the presence of base, OD- which then protonates with the D from D2O

    but I can't form the enolate as there is no alpha proton next to the carbonyl, hence no deuterium exchange.

    read up enolate if you are not familiar with that.
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