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Problem: Draw the reaction mechanism for the reduction of benzil to meso-hydrobenzoin using NaBH4

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Reducing agents are used to reduce molecules 

  • These reagents add hydrogens across π-bonds. 
  • Unsaturated hydrocarbons and carbonyls can be reduced.


The general mechanism for reduction is shown below: 


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Draw the reaction mechanism for the reduction of benzil to meso-hydrobenzoin using NaBH4


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