Q 12.18 Give plausible explanation for each of the following:
(i) Cyclohexanone forms cyanohydrin in good yield but 2,2,6-trimethylcyclohexanone does not.
Structure of 2,2,6-trimethylcyclo hexanone
Cyclohexanone forms cyanohydrin when the nucleophile () attack on cyclohexanone.
In this case, there is less hindrance around the CO group so the nucleophile can attack easily. But in case of 2,2,6-trimethylcyclo hexanone at the alpha () position, there is a hindrance because of the methyl groups. Thus the nucleophile cannot attack effectively.