Q1 What is wood alcohol and why is it called so? Q2 Why secondary alcohols are prepared using aldehyde other than formaldehyde?

Asked by bsnl_01722615271 | 26th Nov, 2010, 12:00: AM

Expert Answer:

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1. Wood alcohol is methanol. Because it was once produced chiefly as a byproduct of the destructive distillation of wood.

2. To prepare secondary alcohol which has feneral structural unit C-C(OH)-C, we need a substrate which can provide this form.The reaction with formaldehyde (HCHO) leads to a primary alcohol.
We hope that clarifies your query.

Answered by  | 27th Nov, 2010, 08:57: AM

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