Vibrating_Lights (Hive Addict)
05-28-03 22:40
No 436146
      alpha methyl stryene  Bookmark   

is it possible to isomerize alpha methyl styrene to beta methyl styrene???

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05-28-03 22:45
No 436149
      doubtful  Bookmark   

I don't think so. I don't see how you can transfer the methyl group from the alpha to the beta position in a simple way. Maybe by using some sort of exotic rearrangement, but certainly not by something I am aware of.

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05-29-03 01:56
No 436193
      Not likely  Bookmark   

Alpha methylstyrene is too stable as is.  Not to mention for a rearrangement like that you would have to create a cation on a primary carbon vs a benzylic carbon.  Isn't going to happen (obviously, there's always exceptions, but I don't think this is one)