Can 2-methylpropan-2-ol be converted into methyl ketone the action of $\ce{I2}$ in the presence of alkali base and thus give iodoform test?

Answer given to this question is that it can't give iodoform test. Please could someone confirm this with an explaination.

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    $\begingroup$ $\ce{C^2}$ of "2-methylpropan-2-one" will be pentavalent... $\endgroup$
    – Zenix
    Apr 23 '20 at 10:59
  • $\begingroup$ No it cannot. 2-methyl-propan-2-ol cannot be oxidised further and no rearrangement is likely to occur to give a methyl ketone $\endgroup$
    – Waylander
    Apr 23 '20 at 12:15

No, 2-methylpropan-2-ol cannot give iodoform test, as it cannot be converted into a methyl ketone.

Generally, alpha hydroxy methyl type (this is not the actual nomenclature) groups can give iodoform on oxidation.


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