Does Cannizzaro reaction occur simultaneously during benzoin condensation of benzaldehyde catalyzed by $\ce{NaOH}$ and thiamine? I assume that benzaldehyde break down to benzoic acid and benzyl alcohol during benzoin condensation as because $\ce{NaOH}$ is used in the reaction as catalyst.

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    $\begingroup$ No, Cannizzaro reaction requires way more basic environment. $\endgroup$
    – Mithoron
    Jun 7 at 14:17


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