Definition: What is Claisen Condensation?
The Claisen condensation is an organic reaction used to form a carbon-carbon bond between two ester molecules or one ester molecule with another carbonyl compound in the presence of a strong base (alkoxide). The product formed is a beta-keto ester. During the reaction, an enolate is formed when the alpha-hydrogen is removed from the ester. If the ester lacks an alpha-hydrogen, as in the case with most aromatic carbonyl compounds, then it is incapable of forming the enolate. Such type of condensation reaction is called crossed or mixed Claisen condensation [1 -3].
Examples of Claisen Condensation Reaction
Mechanism of Claisen Condensation Reaction [4 – 7]
In the case of Claisen-Schmidt Condensation, an aldehyde or a ketone having an alpha-hydrogen is used to react with an aromatic carbonyl compound without any alpha-hydrogen.
Q.1. Why cannot methanoate esters undergo Claisen self-condensations?
Ans. Methanoate esters (HCOOR) don’t have an alpha-hydrogen and therefore, cannot form the nucleophilic enolate.
Q.2.What type of esters can undergo Claisen condensation reactions?
Ans. Only those esters that contain alpha-hydrogen can undergo Claisen Condensation reaction.
Q.3. What is a beta-keto ester?
Ans. A beta-keto ester is a compound that is formed by joining a ketone and an ester with carbon between them.
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