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Conceptual Vocabulary
EtherEther is the general name for a class of chemical compounds which contain a ether group - an oxygen atom connected to two alkyl or aryl groups.
Nucleophilic substitutionNucleophilic substitution is a fundamental class of substitution reaction in which an electron rich nucleophile selectively bonds with or attacks the positive charge of a group or atom called the leaving group.
Dehydration reactionA dehydration reaction is a chemical reaction that involves the loss of water from the reacting molecule.
EsterificationEsterification is the general name for a chemical reaction in which two chemicals, such as an alcohol and an acid, form an ester as the reaction product.
AlkoxideAn alkoxide is the conjugate base of an alcohol.
Fischer esterificationFischer esterification is the process of forming an ester by refluxing a carboxylic acid and an alcohol in the presence of an acid catalyst.
EpoxideAn epoxide is a cyclic ether with only three ring atoms.
Williamson ether synthesisThe Williamson ether synthesis involves the reaction of an alkoxide ion with a primary alkyl halide via an SN2 reaction.
Thionyl chlorideThionyl chloride is an inorganic compound often used in chlorination reactions in which sulfur is bound to an oxygen and two chlorine atoms.
Phosphorus tribromidePhosphorus tribromide is widely used in the laboratory for the conversion of alcohols to alkyl bromides.
TransesterificationTransesterification is the process of exchanging the alkoxy group of an ester compound by another alcohol.
Jones oxidationThe Jones oxidation is a chemical reaction described as the chromic acid oxidation of primary and secondary alcohols to carboxylic acids and ketones, respectively.
Crown etherCrown ethers are heterocyclic chemical compounds that, in their simplest form, are cyclic oligomers of ethylene oxide.
Swern oxidationThe Swern oxidation is a chemical reaction whereby a primary or secondary alcohol is oxidized to an aldehyde or ketone using oxalyl chloride, dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and an organic base, such as triethylamine.
Guerbet reactionThe Guerbet reaction is an organic reaction converting a primary aliphatic alcohol into its beta-alkylated dimer alcohol with loss of one equivalent of water.
Chugaev eliminationThe Chugaev elimination is a chemical reaction involving a xanthate intermediate that carries out the elimination of water from primary alcohols to produce terminal alkenes.

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