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    does the reduction of benzoic acid with diborane produce benzyl alcohol or a different product?
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    It'll give benzyl alcohol :yes:
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    diborane is a strong reducing agent, so it'll go straight to the alcohol rather than the aldehyde.

    It's not strong enough to reduce the benzene ring itself, for that you need an alkali metal in ammonia with an alcohol (birch reduction).
 
 
 
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