Glucose Reaction

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The following reaction(see photo attached) was talked about on a lecture I watched on YouTube.

There was no mechanism mentioned so I tried to work it out myself.

Can you confirm if I'm on the right track?


Firstly the Na H (in excess) would de protonate all of the OH groups on the glucose molecule.


Then the now O- groups would react by SN2 pathway on the benzyl chloride molecules. Now all the former O- groups would be joined to benzyl CH2 units?





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Interesting that you say SN1 as the teacher says this would go by SN2 alkylation.


If it went by SN1 then you get a primary carbocation?

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