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Victor Grignard

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François Auguste Victor Grignard
Born(1871-05-06)6 May 1871
Cherbourg, France
Died(1935-12-13)13 December 1935
Lyon, France
Resting placeGuillotière Cemetery, Lyon
Alma materUniversity of Lyon
Known forGrignard reaction
Spouse(s)Augustine Marie Boulant
ChildrenRoger Grignard
AwardsNobel Prize for Chemistry (1912)
Scientific career
FieldsOrganic chemistry
InstitutionsUniversity of Nancy
Doctoral advisorPhilippe Barbier[1]

François Auguste Victor Grignard (6 May 1871 in Cherbourg – 13 December 1935 in Lyon) was a Nobel Prize-winning French chemist.

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professor Dave here, let's talk about grignard reactions so as I said before it's very important for us to develop techniques in which we can generate new carbon-carbon bonds now nature has its own ways of doing this but there are some that we have invented all on our own so let's take a look at one called the grignard reaction that was developed in 1912 and won the nobel prize because is a very important reaction that we use quite a bit today so let's look at what's going on here let's say we have a typical alkyl halide, let's say it's an alkyl bromide well we know that a carbon-halogen bond is polar right because the discrepancy in electronegativity and the electrons are polarizable so we're going to have a partial positive charge and a partial negative charge over here and that is what we are typically looking at when we're looking at a carbon-halogen bond now what grignard discovered was that this interacts with magnesium in a very interesting way in anhydrous conditions so this is diethyl ether as the typical us a solvent for the grignard reaction on and so magnesium is somehow able to insert itself into the carbon-halogen bond so this works for alkyl bromides we use alkyl chlorides as well and so magnesium is able to insert itself directly into these bonds and now we have carbon connected to magnesium which is connected to bromine okay and now what that does that is interesting is it actually inverts the polarity of that bond because magnesium is actually less electronegative than carbon so now all of a sudden carbon is the one with the partial negative charge and magnesium is the partial positive charge so this is a very interesting situation because typically carbon is partially positive in most organic compounds whether it is a carbonyl carbon or is attached to halogen or something like that so this is a rare source of nucleophilic carbon right we have a carbon that can behave as a nucleophile because it has some electron excess this is called the grignard reagent is an alkyl halide with magnesium inserted into the carbon-halogen bond grignard reagents react with carbonyl containing compounds like aldehydes and ketones so let's take a look what happens let's say we have a three carbon grignard reagent here and let's say this reacts with the two carbon aldehyde so I've got the three carbons the three red carbons here and the two carbons on the electrophile here the aldehyde so what happens is the partially negative remember that now this is a nucleophilic carbon this carbon with its electrons to the magnesium will go ahead and attacked the carbonyl carbon we know that carbonyls also have a dipole, we know that the carbonyl carbon is partially positive and oxygen is partially negative because the oxygen is more electronegative than the carbon so partial negative reacts with partial positive all we need is some electron excess and some electron deficiency we have a chemical reaction so this carbon attacks this carbon pushes the pi bond up here to generate the oxyanion and now look at what has happened, we have this three carbon fragment and this two carbon fragment and we have generated a new carbon-carbon bond between those two carbons now with the grignard reaction it will always always always be the carbon that is bound to the magnesium which is the nucleophilic carbon is forming a new covalent bond with the carbonyl carbon so this and this are now connected so there's our new bond there and then the other carbon is there too and then an oxyanion and this will have the MgBr plus will kinda hang out near the oxyanion and so this is one step real quick we've generated this and then a little bit of aqueous acidic work up and we'll protonate that and we will get are five carbon alcohol so this is a very powerful technique because in one step we can assemble a larger carbon skeletal structure we've got a three carbon fragment and a two carbon fragment and now we have a 5 carbon alcohol so this can be very powerful so the one thing that we want to summarize is that a grignard reagent will react with a carbonyl containing compound in order to generate an alcohol so grignard products are alcohols they must have a hydroxyl group in them and then the one thing that we want to understand here is that grignard reactions must be done in strictly anhydrous conditions there can be no water at all to mess with this reaction because if a water molecule comes into contact with a grignard reagent so here's a general grignard reagent, R just means alkyl, could be anything right a couple carbons whatever it is then this nucleophilic carbon, the proton in a water molecule is just acidic enough that this is gonna go ahead and interact with that proton you'll get an alkane and you'll completely destroy your grignard reagent and then this is an unusable byproduct so a grignard reagent will be destroyed if it comes into contact with the water molecule even in the atmosphere so certainly the the solvent itself must be completely anhydrous there can be no water molecules in solution must be something like a like a diethyl ether so these are the general characteristics of a grignard reaction now let's look at a couple more specific examples to make sure we understand so grignard reagents can react with many carbonyl containing compounds. before we saw a grignard reagent reacting with an aldehyde now let's look at when reacting with a ketone it's basically the same thing so here is our carbonyl containing compound, it's a ketone and now let's say we have a methyl grignard reagent, so we have CH3MgBr so this is gonna be the partially negative carbon go and attack the carbonyl carbon and will get the oxyanion and then acidic workup and we'll have our alcohol product so this carbon was there and remains there can be either these and then one more carbon is going to be attached and so here's our alcohol product now grignard reagents will not react with carboxylic acids because that is not going to work but esters actually are generally a pretty interesting thing let's say we have the same grignard reagent and we have this ester, now what can happen is that this methyl can attack here, will generate the oxyanion now instead of going ahead and neutralizing what can happen is this can reform the carbonyl right there but then kick off this alkoxy group this alkoxy group could be stable in solution and so what we've done is we added the methyl group here's that new methyl group that came from this grignard reagent, that's there and then this went and kicked off the alkoxy group we've reformed the carbonyl right there now if we have this grignard reagent in excess what's gonna happen is we can add another equivalent grignard reagent because we have a ketone here, we already saw that a grignard reagent can react with this and so we're gonna be able to add another equivalent of the grignard reagent there generate the oxyanion acidic work-up and go ahead and get this product just as we have here so there's different pathways and what's powerful with an ester substrate is that you can add two of the same grignard reagents to the same molecule possibly generating a much larger molecule in the process thanks for watching, guys. subscribe to my channel for more tutorials and as always feel free to email me with questions



Grignard was the son of a sail maker. His character was described as having humble and friendly attitude.[2] After attempting to major in mathematics, Grignard failed his exams and enlisted into the army in 1892. [3]After one year of service, he went back to pursue mathematics at the University of Lyon and finally obtained his degree Licencié ès Sciences Mathématiques in 1894.[4] In December of the same year, he transferred to chemistry and began working with Professors Philippe Barbier(1848-1922) and Louis Bouveault(1864-1909). Victor Grignard worked very closely with Philippe Barbier and their research was focused on organomagnesium compounds. They sought to synthesize alcohols from alkyl halides, aldehydes, ketones, and alkenes.

A couple of years later, Grignard made a remarkable discovery. He had heated a mixture of magnesium turnings, isobutyl iodide, and added dry ethyl ether to the mixture and a reaction was observed.[2] The product is known as a Grignard Reagent. Named after him, this organo-magnesium compound (R-MgX) (R = alkyl ; X = Halogen) readily reacts with ketones, aldehydes, and alkenes to produce their respective alcohols in impressive yields. Grignard had discovered the synthetic reaction which now bears his name (the Grignard reaction) in 1900. In 1901, Grignard published his doctoral thesis titled "Thèses sur les combinaisons organomagnesiennes mixtes et leur application à des synthèses d‘acides, d‘alcools et d‘hydrocarbures".[5] He became a professor at the University of Nancy in 1910. That same year, he and Paul Sabatier (1854-1941) were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1912.[6] During World War I he studied chemical warfare agents, particularly the manufacture of phosgene and the detection of mustard gas. His counterpart on the German side was another Nobel Prize–winning chemist, Fritz Haber.

The Grignard reaction

Grignard is most noted for devising a new method for generating carbon-carbon bonds using magnesium to couple ketones and alkyl halides.[7] This reaction is valuable in organic synthesis. It occurs in two steps:

  1. Formation of the "Grignard reagent", which is an organomagnesium compound made by the reaction an organohalide, R-X (R = alkyl or aryl; and X is a halide, usually bromide or iodide) with magnesium metal. The Grignard reagent is usually described with the general chemical formula R-Mg-X, although its structure is more complex.
  2. Addition of the carbonyl, in which a ketone or an aldehyde is added to the solution containing the Grignard reagent. The carbon atom that is bonded to Mg transfers to the carbonyl carbon atom, and the oxygen of the carbonyl carbon becomes attached to the magnesium to give an alkoxide. The process is an example of a nucleophilic addition to a carbonyl. After the addition, the reaction mixture is treated with aqueous acid to give an alcohol, and the magnesium salts are subsequently discarded.



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  2. ^ a b Newbold, Brian (Fall 2001). "Victor Grignard Ancestor of Organic Synthesis: Victor Grignard was a brilliant French chemist who became famous at age 29 for the discovery of the organomagnesium halides and their versatility in chemical synthesis. (Feature/Chronique)". Business Insights: Global.
  3. ^ Wisniak, Jaime. “François Auguste Victor Grignard.” Educación Química, vol. 15, no. 4, 2018, p. 425., doi:10.22201/fq.18708404e.2004.4.66168.
  4. ^ “The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1912.”, Accessed 18 Nov. 2018.
  5. ^ "Philippe Barbier (1848–1922) and Victor Grignard (1871–1935): Pioneers of Organomagnesium Chemistry" (PDF). Synfacts. 14 (10): A155–A159. 2018. doi:10.1055/s-0037-1609791.
  6. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1912". Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  7. ^ V. Grignard (1900). "Sur quelques nouvelles combinaisons organométalliques du magnèsium et leur application à des synthèses d'alcools et d'hydrocarbures (On some new organometallic compounds of magnesium and their application to syntheses of alcohols and hydrocarbons)". Compt. Rend. 130: 1322.
  8. ^ Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1912, Victor Grignard bio notes
  9. ^ Newbold, Brian T. "Victor Grignard Ancestor of Organic Synthesis," Canadian Chemical News. October 1, 2001.


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