Strecker Synthesis of Amino Acids

Strecker Synthesis of Alpha Amino Acids Leah4sciStrecker Synthesis is one of the first laboratory methods for synthesizing an alpha amino acid.

Strecker synthesis starts out with a nucleophilic addition of nitrogen to an aldehyde followed by a SECOND nucleophilic addition of cyanide (nitrile group) to the imine intermediate.

This video walks you through the overall reaction followed by a step by step breakdown of the Strecker reaction and mechanism.

(Watch on YouTube: Strecker Synthesis. Click cc on the bottom right for video transcript)

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