Chem 243b - Oxidation of Borneol to Camphor

Chem 243b - Oxidation of Borneol to Camphor - 4B: Oxidation...

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4B: Oxidation of Borneol to Camphor Antonio Alarcon Chem 243B 2/17/08 I. Abstract In this experiment, the oxidization of a secondary alcohol, borneol, to its corresponding ketone, camphor, was performed. To do so, borneol was treated with a mixture of chromic acid and sulfuric acid. The results were spotted onto a TLC plate generating the following: Rf value of borneol 0.4, Rf value of camphor 0.6, total reaction time of 30-35 minutes.
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II. Introduction Oxidation and reduction, respectively defined as a loss or gain of hydrogen, both play an important role within the chemical industry as well as numerous biological processes most notably cellular respiration and photosynthesis. An example of such an oxidation reaction lies within the oxidation of borneol to camphor in the presence of chromic acid as show below: As apparent by the above process, it is ultimately possible to influence chemical structures through the means of oxidation. The overall process of the reaction was performed through several
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