Reactivity in Chemistry

Electrophilic Rearrangement

ER3. Baeyer-Villiger Rearrangement

The Baeyer-Villiger rearrangement is the conversion of a ketone to an ester via the insertion of an oxygen atom next to the carbonyl. 

The reaction involves initial addition of a peroxide to the carbonyl carbon.  The resulting adduct undergoes rearrangement to form the ester.


Problem ER2.1.

Predict the products of the following Baeyer-Villiger reactions.

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