You may know that cows produce methane, which is a big concern when it comes to global heating, but did you know that organicchemistry provides a potential solution to this problem? Feeding cows small amounts of red seaweed can greatly reduce methane emissions, in part due to organic chemicals called enols! In this episode of CrashCourseOrganicChemistry, we’ll learn all about enols and enolates, their reactivity, and reactions we can do with them including halogenation and alkylation.
Episode Sources: Cortney, C.H. and Krishnan, V.V., 2020. Keto–Enol Tautomerization of Acetylacetone in Mixed Solvents by NMR Spectroscopy. A Physical Chemistry Experiment on the Application of the Onsager-Kirkwood Model for Solvation Thermodynamics. Journal of Chemical Education, 97(3), pp.825-830. Machado, L., Magnusson, M., Paul, N.A., de Nys, R. and Tomkins, N., 2014. Effects of marine and freshwater macroalgae on in vitro total gas and methane production. PLoS One, 9(1), p.e85289. Machado, L., Magnusson, M., Paul, N.A., Kinley, R., de Nys, R. and Tomkins, N., 2016. Identification of bioactives from the red seaweed Asparagopsis taxiformis that promote antimethanogenic activity in vitro. Journal of Applied Phycology, 28(5), pp.3117-3126.
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