Date: 01 Jul 2004

The McLafferty rearrangement: A personal recollection


In this article, dedicated to Professor Fred McLafferty, I wish to recollect early observations with regard to the rearrangement named after him for 1-nitropropane and the methyl ester of γ-nitrobutyric acid. This rearrangement occurs for both cases clearly in a stepwise fashion, although for the ester, it occurs as a hidden rearrangement that catalyzes the tautomerization of the nitro group into its aci-form.

Published online June 9, 2004