What is the mechanism for the reaction of methanal with a suitable nucleophile and what nucleophile do I use
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- 14-10-2017 15:23
- 14-10-2017 15:32
A good one would probable be potassium hydroxide with the OH ion attacking the slightly charged carbon atom, this mechanism is called nucleophilic substitution I believe.
- 14-10-2017 15:37
The usual mechanism we consider for aldehydes is nucleophilic addition using the CN- ion.
- 14-10-2017 18:25
Or you could use the hydride ion, H-, from NaBH4 et.al.