Geminal halide hydrolysis

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Geminal halide hydrolysis is an organic reaction. The reactants are geminal dihalides with a water molecule or a hydroxide ion. The reaction yields ketones from secondary halides[1][2] or aldehydes from primary halides.[3][4]

Reaction mechanism[edit]

The first part of the reaction mechanism consists of an ordinary nucleophilic aliphatic substitution to produce a gem-halohydrin:

RCH(Cl)2 + 2KOH RC(OH)2 + 2KX

The remaining halide is a good leaving group and this enables the newly created hydroxy group to convert into a carbonyl group by expelling the halide:

RC(OH)2 Rearrangement gives R-CHO + H2O


Other functional groups can undergo similar hydrolysis reactions. For instance, geminal trihalides (e.g. benzotrichloride) can be partially hydrolyzed to acyl halides (e.g. benzoyl chloride) in a similar way.[5] Further hydrolysis yields carboxylic acids.

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ Bill, J. C.; Tarbell, D. S. (1954). "o-Phthalaldehyde". Organic Syntheses. 34: 82. doi:10.15227/orgsyn.034.0082. 
  4. ^ Buck, Johannes S.; Zimmermann, F. J. (1938). "Protocatechualdehyde". Organic Syntheses. 18: 75. doi:10.15227/orgsyn.018.0075. 
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