What stereoisomers are obtained from hydroboration–oxidation of 1-ethylcyclohexene?

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Dec 5, 2014

Answer:

You get a racemic mixture of 2-ethylcylohexanol enantiomers.

Explanation:

You get a racemic mixture of 2-ethylcylohexanol enantiomers.

Hydroboration-oxidation is a method of making alcohols from alkenes. For example,

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The overall reaction amounts to an "anti-Markovnikov" addition of H-OH to the C=C bond.

Also, the reaction has syn stereochemistry, because the H-BH₂ adds to the same side of the alkene.

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With 1-ethylcyclohexene, the addition of BH₃ gives a pair of enantiomers.

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Product 1 is (1 S,2 R)-2-ethylcyclohexanol.
Product 2 is ( 1R,2 S)-2-ethylcyclohexanol.

Here’s a video on the hydroboration/oxidation of alkenes.