What side products are formed in the aldol condensation of dibenzalacetone?
Dibenzalacetone does not undergo the aldol condensation.
However, dibenzalacetone is formed by a crossed aldol condensation between benzaldehyde and acetone.
Some of the side products expected in this reaction could be:
From incomplete condensation of the benzaldehyde.
2. Diacetone alcohol (4-hydroxy-4-methylpentan-2-one) and mesityl oxide (4-methylpent-3-en-2-one)
From the aldol condensation of acetone with itself, followed by dehydration of the β-hydroxyketone.
3. Benzyl alcohol and benzoic acid from the Cannizzaro reaction of benzaldehyde.