Tag : Hydrolysis of the Ester

Formation of Carbon-Carbon Double Bonds via the Wittig Experiment and the Hydrolysis of the Ester

Written by Dan Abstract In this experiment, a double bond was formed between two carbon atoms following the Wittig mechanism (discovered in 1954 by George Wittig[1]) to see if the resultant carboxylic acid product mixture is made up of a single diastereoisomer, or a mixture of the two. It was found that only one diastereoisomer was formed. Introduction   Figure 1 – reaction scheme for the overall reaction   The reagents required for the experiment were an ylide (a species […]