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    (Original post by cptbigt)
    Drew (incredibly bad) mechanism for it...probably wrong but just wanted to have a go
    haha, looks good :yy:

    (be careful with the arrows on the reformation of the double bond though, make sure the arrow is pointing to the bond)

    (Original post by hidden088)
    Sorry, probably my fault for lack of details, the methanol is not added until later once the product is formed to help purify it. The reagent (boiling point of 204-207 degrees) is added with iodine and then refluxed. So i'm guessing the high boiling point of the liquid is the reason why? As the water would just boil aswell...or? :confused:
    Isn't the boiling point of dimethyl maleate 86-89 like it says here:


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