Explain why alcohols having two or more hydroxy group on the same carbon atom is extremely unstable and immadietly loses water molecules?

Asked by Vaibhav Kumar | 12th Jan, 2014, 10:17: AM

Expert Answer:

The molecules in which two hydroxyl groups are attached two same carbon atom are called gem diols. Example: methanediol.

Gem diols are unstable because they lose water molecules to give back the original compound.

The carbon atom having two hydroxyl groups are highly electropositive and get easily attacked even by weak nuclei.

Answered by Hanisha Vyas | 14th Jan, 2014, 10:46: AM

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