# How to make a primary alcohol from an alkane?

Alcohols can be made from alkyl halides, which can be made from alkanes. However $3° > 2° > 1° > 0°$ for alkyl halides synthesis from alkanes. What approach could make an alkane with primary and secondary carbons into only primary alcohols?

• I'm pretty sure you'd be on course to win a Nobel prize if you can do that selectively with good yields. This is what the C-H activation chemists are looking at all the time, and it's hard. – Zhe Apr 18 '17 at 1:26
• I have suggested a possible mechanism for free radical reaction of alkanes to produce alcohols, give it a read :) chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/72902/… – Pritt Balagopal Apr 24 '17 at 16:04
• @PrittBalagopal Seems like an experiment is needed. – Dale Apr 24 '17 at 19:51