Methyllithium (CH3Li) is often used as a base in organic reactions.
(a) Predict the products of the following acid–base reaction.
(b) What is the conjugate acid of CH3Li? Would you expect CH3Li to be a strong base or a weak base?
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CH3CH2 -OH+ CH3-Li CH3CH2O- Li+ +CH4
One mole of ethyl alcohol reacts with methyllithium to give lithium ethoxide and methane
The conjugate acid of methyl lithium is methane molecule.
Methyllithium reacts with water to yield conjugate base lithium hydroxide that is LiOH.and conjugate acid is methane .which is very weak acid methyl lithium and all organolithium compounds are very strong bases.