Von Richter reaction
The Von-Richter reaction, also named Von-Richter rearrangement, is a name reaction in the organic chemistry. It is named after Victor von Richter, who discovered this reaction in year 1871. It is the chemical reaction of aromatic nitro compounds with potassium cyanide giving carboxylation ortho to the position of the former nitro group.
General Reaction Scheme
The reaction below shows the conversion of bromonitrobenzene into bromobenzoic acid.
In the following mechanism bromine could be replaced by chlorine.
First, the cyanide attacks the carbon-atom in ortho-position to the nitro-group 1. After this the compound is aromatic again 2. In the next step, the negative charged oxygen-atom attacks the neighbor carbon-atom and a five-membered ring is build 3. It opens under building a carconlylic-group 4. Next, an other five-membered ring is built 5. After a condensation, a double bond is build between the two nitrogen-atoms 6. Elemental nitrogen is cut of for opening the ring 7. In the last step, the compound is protonated and the 3-halogenbenzoic acid 8 is built.
This reaction has a limited application in organic synthesis.
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