Why does tautomerization occur?

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Al E. Share
Mar 11, 2018

An example I know of is tautomerization of enol-keto configurations. Tautomers are those molecules with the same molecular formula that interconvert rapidly.

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The carbonyl double bond is stronger than the single alcohol bond. So the alcohol on an #"sp"^2# carbon will interconvert into its keto form favorably.

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