cases, the adducts obtained from the Aldol Addition can easily be
converted (in situ) to α,β-unsaturated carbonyl compounds, either
thermally or under acidic or basic catalysis. The formation of the
conjugated system is the driving force for this spontaneous dehydration.
Under a variety of protocols, the condensation product can be obtained
directly without isolation of the aldol.
The aldol condensation is the second step of the
Mechanism of the Aldol Condensation
For the addition step see Aldol Addition
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