Oxymercuration & Demercuration of Alkenes


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Hey pals! Here is a simple poster we prepared to help you remember the reactions of oxymercuration & demercuration of alkenes which is a bit hard to remember.

Somewhat similar to hydroboration reaction, here first, Hg(OAc)2 & H2O are added forming a alkylmercuric acetate intermediate. Then plucking off the mercuric part is done by NaBH4.

Remember this! It gives an Markonikov, anti product!

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