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Elements from the carbon group tend to form compounds with two oxygen's. Let's say I want to produce $\ce{SiO_2}$ out of $\ce{SiO}$ by mixing it with some alcohol, for example:

$$\ce{SiO + CH_3-CHOH-CH_3 \longrightarrow SiO_2 + CH_3-CH_2-CH_3}$$

Is this likely to occur? at least before all the alcohol evaporates...

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    $\begingroup$ Alcohol evaporation wouldn't be a problem - it would react but hydrogen, not carbon would be reduced. $\endgroup$ – Mithoron Jun 24 '15 at 21:15
  • $\begingroup$ @Mithoron I don't understand you comment. What would then be produced? $\endgroup$ – Rol Jul 6 '15 at 4:18
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    $\begingroup$ Good luck finding silicon monooxide... What goes by this name usually is a very fine mixture of silicon and and silicon dioxide. Now, lower metals are a different story. $\endgroup$ – permeakra Jul 9 '16 at 18:10
  • $\begingroup$ chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/43103/… $\endgroup$ – Mithoron May 6 '17 at 17:39
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I doubt very much its likely to occur. Reducing an alcohol to a alkane is not trivial. strong reducing agents such as $\ce{LiAH4}$ cannot reduce alcohols, and to my knowledge $\ce{TiO}$ cannot reduce alcohols which would be an even better canidate that $\ce{SiO}$.

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  • $\begingroup$ Yes, but relatively weakly reducing silanes can perform this reaction in the presence of acid. A major issue with LAH reducing an alcohol is the fact that LAH deactivates the alcohol to reduction by deprotonating it. $\endgroup$ – SendersReagent Apr 10 '16 at 20:14

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