Department of Chemistry
Master of Science
The purpose of this investigation was to study the reactions of sodium naphthaienide with various aromatic carbonyl compounds, particularly aromatic aldehydes and ketones. Although sodium naphthalenide was first investigated in 1936 by Scott et al, the synthetic utility of this alkali metal adduct in organic chemistry has only recently been explored. It was thought that sodium naphthalenide might provide a synthetic advantage, as compared to sodium metal solutions, in the reduction of carbonyl functions to their respective glycols and/or alcohols.
Stinnett, James, "The Reduction of Carbonyl Compounds by Sodium Naphthalenide" (1971). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 1011.