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Solution: Which reagents are best for carrying out this reaction?

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Which reagents are best for carrying out this reaction?

Solution

We’re being asked to determine the reagents needed to carry out the given reaction.



Recall reduction is the process of increasing hydrogen atoms in a compound. Carbonyl compounds can be reduced into alcohols using:

• LiAlH4: a strong reducing agent that reduces ANY carbonyl compound to alcohols


• NaBH4: a weak reducing agent that reduces ONLY aldehydes and ketones to alcohols


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