Problem: Consider the reaction between butyllithium and ethanol. Label each reactant in this reaction as a Bronsted acid or base.   C4H9Li      +      C2H5OH     →        C4H10     +     LiOC2H5                              Add two curved arrows to show a plausible mechanism for the reaction. Do not show Li-O bond formation.

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Using the definition of Bronsted-Lowry acid and bases, the H+ donor will be the acid while the acceptor is the base

  • Upon inspection, C4H9Li appears to gain an H which means this is the BL base
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Consider the reaction between butyllithium and ethanol. Label each reactant in this reaction as a Bronsted acid or base.

   C4H9Li      +      C2H5OH     →        C4H10     +     LiOC2H                             

Add two curved arrows to show a plausible mechanism for the reaction. Do not show Li-O bond formation.