Tetraphenylcyclopentadienone

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Tetraphenylcyclopentadienone
Introduction
The purpose of this experiment was to synthesize tetraphenylcyclopentadienone by reacting dibenzyl ketone with benzil in the presence of a base. The reaction proceeded via an aldol condensation reaction with dehydration, and then the product crystals were isolated by vacuum filtrations using a Buchner funnel.
Experiment Scheme

Equation 1. Aldol condensation reaction between benzil and dibenzyl ketone in the presence of a base
To begin the experiment 1.5g of benzil, 12mL absolute ethanol and 1.5g of dibenzyl ketone were added to a 50-mL round bottom flask. A stir bar was added and the flask was attached to a condenser and heated in a water bath to 70◦C. The mixture was heated with sitting until the solids dissolved. Once solids were dissolved the temperature was raised to 80◦C with stirring. Using a Pasteur pipet, 2.25mL of ethanolic potassium hydroxide were added drop wise downward through the condenser into the flask. The mixture turned deep purple. After this, the temperature was raised to 85◦C and remained at that temperature with stirring for 15 minutes. After the heating period the flask was removed from the hot water bath and cooled to room temperature. Once at room temperature the flask was placed in ice-water bath for 5 minutes to complete crystallization of product. Using a Buchner funnel we collected the deep purple crystals. The crystals were washed with three 4-mL portions of cold 95% ethanol. The 95% ethanol was also used to rinse out the flask to retain as many crystals as possible. After allowing the crystals to dry some in the Buchner funnel the tetraphenylcyclopentadienone was placed in an oven for 15 minutes to dry. Once the drying time was complete we weighed our product and calculated the percent yield along with the melting point.

Data
Table 1. Chemical table of…...

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