SEARCH

SEARCH BY CITATION

Keywords:

  • carbon;
  • history of chemistry;
  • pinacol;
  • rearrangement;
  • structure elucidation
Thumbnail image of graphical abstract

Radical changes in the chemical community's thinking were required in the discovery of the pinacol rearrangment [Eq. (a)]. Clarity was achieved only after the incorrect “conventional” atomic weights, which gave completely erroneous molecular formulas, were rejected and people dared to violate Kekulé's rules of reaction concerning the connectivity of the carbon skeleton in chemical reaction.