Ethyl Methyl Ketone reaction with Cl2/excess OH-

Ethyl Methyl Ketone is a compound whose structure have
one ethyl group (CH3CH2 – )
one methyl group (CH3 – )
one keto group (- CO -)

Structure of this compound is shown in below diagram

Ethyl Methyl Ketone Structure

Ethyl Methyl Ketone reacts with chlorine in presence of excessive amount of hydroxide ions (OH) to form propanoic acid and chloroform.

Ethyl Methyl Ketone reaction with chlorine in presence of excessive hydroxide ions

This reaction is an example of Haloform Reaction in which usually a ketone reacts with a halogen (chlorine, bromine or any other group 17 element) to form an acid and chloroform. Intermediate product for this reaction is 1,1,1 – trihalo ketone. This reaction is also used commonly for preparation of hydrocarbon acids in laboratories.

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