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Sun February 20, 2011 By: Kanudha Gupta

how are alcohols formed?

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Sun February 20, 2011
Dear Student

a) Addition of hydrogen in the presence of catalysts like finely divided platinum, palladium, nickel and ruthenium.

This method is called catalytic hydrogenation.

b) Treatment with chemical reagents such as sodium borohydride (NaBH4) or Lithium aluminium hydride (LiAlH4).

Aldehydes yield primary alcohols while ketones give secondary alcohols.


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