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?

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    $\begingroup$ 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. $\endgroup$ – Zhe Apr 18 '17 at 1:26
  • $\begingroup$ I have suggested a possible mechanism for free radical reaction of alkanes to produce alcohols, give it a read :) chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/72902/… $\endgroup$ – Pritt says Reinstate Monica Apr 24 '17 at 16:04
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    $\begingroup$ @PrittBalagopal Seems like an experiment is needed. $\endgroup$ – Dale Apr 24 '17 at 19:51

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