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Abstract Volume 15 (2010) pp 392-393

A Brief History of the Development of Our Knowledge of the Mechanisms of the Elbs and Boyland-Sims Oxidations with Some Pedagogical Suggestions

Edward J. Behrman

Department of Biochemistry, The Ohio State University, 484 W. 12th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio, 43210,
Received August 25, 2010. Accepted September 23, 2010.

Published: 16 December 2010

Abstract. Peroxydisulfate ions react with phenols and with aromatic amines to produce ring-substituted sulfate esters. The history of the discovery of the mechanisms of these reactions is discussed together with some suggestions for exercises in courses in mechanistic organic chemistry.

Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; organic chemistry

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