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What is it, that makes the Zinin Reduction a selective reduction, and not a complete reduction, in the case of dinitrobenzenes? Also, is the reaction a selective one even when it is done for aliphatic dinitro compounds, or is it, in that case, a complete reduction to diamine? What about polynitro-aromatic compounds?

Do the relative positions of the two nitro groups in dinitrobenzene affect the reaction and its selectivity?

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  • $\begingroup$ Related: chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/34066/… $\endgroup$ – Nilay Ghosh Feb 19 '17 at 8:24
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    $\begingroup$ To whomever keeps flagging the comment, the question cited is related to this one, the commenter is not purporting that this question is a duplicate of that one or that the linked question answers this one completely. $\endgroup$ – jonsca Feb 22 '17 at 6:49

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