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Dieckmann condensation

The Dieckmann condensation[1][2][3] is the intramolecular chemical reaction of diesters with base to give β-ketoesters.[4][5]. It is named after the German chemist Walter Dieckmann (1869–1925). The equivalent intermolecular reaction is the Claisen condensation.

Reaction Mechanism


The acidic hydrogen between the two carbonyl groups is deprotonated in step four. Protonation with a Brønsted-Lowry acid (H3O+ for example) re-forms the β-keto ester. [6] This deprotonation step is the driving force for this reaction.


  1. ^ Dieckmann, W. Ber. 1894, 27, 102 & 965
  2. ^ Dieckmann, W. Ber. 1900, 33, 595 & 2670
  3. ^ Dieckmann, W. Ann. 1901, 317, 51 & 93
  4. ^ Schaefer, J. P.; Bloomfield, J. J. Org. React. 1967, 15, 1-203. (Review)
  5. ^ Davis, B. R.; Garrett, P. J. Comp. Org. Syn. 1991, 2, 806-829. (Review)
  6. ^ Janice Gorzynski Smith. Organic Chemistry: Second Ed. 2008. pp 932-933.

See also

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