does the reduction of benzoic acid with diborane produce benzyl alcohol or a different product?
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- Thread Starter
- 24-12-2010 00:36
- 24-12-2010 00:41
It'll give benzyl alcohol
- 24-12-2010 01:10
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).