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ERIC Number: EJ1104115
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Gold(III)-Catalyzed Hydration of Phenylacetylene
Leslie, J. Michelle; Tzeel, Benjamin A.
Journal of Chemical Education, v93 n6 p1100-1102 Jun 2016
A guided inquiry-based experiment exploring the regioselectivity of the hydration of phenylacetylene is described. The experiment uses an acidic gold(III) catalyst in a benign methanol/water solvent system to introduce students to alkyne chemistry and key principles of green chemistry. The experiment can be easily completed in approximately 2 h, and is suitable for use in introductory organic chemistry laboratories. The experiment is versatile and amenable to many lab settings, as it requires no specialized glassware, and the crude product can be analyzed via gas chromatography, infrared spectroscopy, or nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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