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For questions about reduction reactions in organic chemistry, where a molecule of interest is reduced. Do not use for questions on general redox concepts.

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Addition of NaBH4 and LiAlH4

NaBH4 and LiAlH4 will be a source for the hydride ion and reaction will begin with addition of hydride by displacing the carbonyl group. But I am not sure will it attack both the carbonyl or only one....
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Clemmenson reduction? [closed]

An MCQ question in my book says that for the given conversion A should not be an alcohol. The other options are that A should not be an alkene and a carboxylic acid respectively. Why can't it be one ...
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Why can't terminal alkynes take part in Birch reduction?

According to my book terminal alkynes are not observed in Birch reduction.Why is this so? The only property I know about them is that they are slightly acidic. Does this have something to do with it? ...
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Does clemmensen reduction work on amides?

I got a conversion in an examination for acetamide to ethylamine. I thought that since it has a carbonyl group Clemmenson might work and used $\ce{Zn\!:\!Hg + HCl}$. I saw the mechanism and didnt ...
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What side reactions are suppressed by the use of TMSCl in the acyloin condensation?

I was reading about the acyloin condensation and came across a statemant according to which, the use of TMSCl obviates competing reactions. My question is what kind of competing reaction would happen ...
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How does DIBAL-H react with acid anhydrides?

I know DIBAL-H reduces carboxylic acids and some derivatives, but couldn’t find out about its reaction with acid anhydrides. Do these react? And what are the by-products (if any)?
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Conditions for the reduction of carboxylic acids by LiAlH4

From my textbook, the reduction of carboxylic acids by LiAlH4 "has to be in anhydrous conditions, such as dry ether, followed by aqueous acid." I read from the internet that the reduction reaction has ...
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Reduction of carbonyl group [closed]

A compound contains both alpha,beta unsaturated carbonyl group and a normal carbonyl group. Is there any method to reduce the normal carbonyl group keeping the alpha,beta unsaturated carbonyl group ...
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Why does reduction using sodium borohydride require a protic solvent?

Recently, I was looking at the chapter on chemoselectivity in Clayden et al.'s Organic Chemistry (2nd ed.). On p. 530, it is mentioned that sodium borohydride reduction only occurs in protic solvents ...
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What is the difference between hydrogenation in presence of platinum and nickel catalyst?

This question is about the hydrogenation of an epoxide into an alcohol. I got option C as an answer, but the answer is option D as well. I have never seen the difference in reduction by change of ...
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Which functional groups are not reduced by DIBAL.H?

According to the table here, diisobutyl aluminium hydride can reduce amides to aldehydes but according to the data given to me by my teacher DIBAL.H cannot reduce: amides, acids, isocyanides and ...
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Are there any reducing agents for reduction of nitrobenzene to aniline other than Sn/HCl?

I was taught that Sn/HCl should be used for reduction of nitrobenzene to aniline. Can I ask if there are any alternative reducing agents (for example, LiAlH4?) to do the same task?
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Organic reaction with Na2S2O4 [closed]

Question: In the first step due to cooperating Inductive and resonance effect C6H5N2 + will be attached at the ortho position of methyl group for which para position is occupied by Amine group ...
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What are the different types of catalysts used in catalytic hydrogenation of alkynes?

This is a question from Org. Chem. by Solomons, Fryhle & Snyder, adapted for JEE by M.S. Chouhan : In the first step, I expected that the reaction would stop at alkene formation via syn ...
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Can protection group be used in a Wolff–Kishner reaction?

How can I modify the ozonolysis of cyclohexene such that one of the aldehyde groups of the product, adipaldehyde, is efficiently protected as a base stable protecting group? I know that attempting to ...
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Reduction of 2-cyclohexenone to cyclohexanol

Is $\ce{NaBH4}$ a suitable reducing agent for the conversion of 2-cyclohexenone to cyclohexanol? In Clayden (page 506, second edition), I have found the reduction of cyclopentenone to cyclopentanol ...
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Do alkyl halides get reduced with hydrogen/nickel catalyst?

According to my textbook, alkyl halides can't be reduced to alkanes by the $\ce{H2/Ni}$ or $\ce{H2/Pd}$ reducing agents, and almost no other reducing agents other than $\ce{LiAlH4}$ reduce alkyl ...
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Why on loosing aromatic chracter still product produced is 90% in the following reaction? [duplicate]

In Birch reduction reactant loses it aromatic chracter but still the product found is to be 90%. By loosing aromaticity product must be less stable so less amount of product must be formed. Why ...
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Why is it a reduction from a ketone to an alcohol? [closed]

Why is it a reduction from a ketone to an alcohol (using $\ce{LiAlH4}$)? I'm not able to figure out the oxidation state of carbon.
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The reaction mechanism for epoxides to react with LiAlH4 [closed]

Does anyone know the mechanism for the reaction of epoxides with Lithium aluminium hydride (product of course being an alcohol)
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What is the product of the reaction of diol with tosyl chloride followed by lithium aluminum hydride?

This question is about the structure of products X and Y. According to me, the answer should be only A (as OTs will substitute on benzylic carbon). But in the answer key, they have given B and D. ...
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Out of the given reagents, find the ones to be used to convert benzene to p-aminophenol

$\ce{Br2/FeBr3}$ $\ce{CH3Cl/AlCl3}$ $\ce{KMnO4}$ $\ce{HNO3/H2SO4}$ $\ce{NBS}$/hv $\ce{NaOH}$ $\ce{Sn/HCl}$ $\ce{NH4SH}$ $\ce{NaBH4}$ I'm able to get the amino group onto the ring by using 4 and 7. ...
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Hydroboration oxidation reaction on trans,trans,trans-1,5,9-cyclododecatriene with carbon monoxide

The given solution: I got this question in an entrance exam coaching test paper in India. Product P is easily covered by the mechanism of simple hydroboration-oxidation reaction, and I've understood ...
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Why HF can't reduce H2SO2?

I read that $\ce{H_2SO_2}$ is an extremely unstable acid, so shouldn't even a weak reducing agent like $\ce{HF}$ be able to reduce $\ce{H_2SO_2}$ to $\ce{S}$ or something along similar lines?
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Can DIBAL-H reduce carboxylic acid? [duplicate]

Question : Can DIBAL-H (Diisobutylaluminium hydride) reduce carboxylic acid? According to "March's Advanced Organic Chemistry" (by Jerry March), acid can be reduced upto aldehyde using DIBAL-H. But ...
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Reduction of nitro compound using protection group

I've tried researching things like cyclisation, nitro reduction and all I've found is little to nothing. I know that for the 1st arrow I need to protect the carbonyl and the 2nd arrow is the ...
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Why is LiAlH4 a stronger reducing agent than DIBAL-H [closed]

Asides the different number of hydrogens, why is LiAlH4 a stronger and less selective reducing agent than DIBAL-H
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Help with a reaction: naphthalic anhydride to diol with LAH

First time asking a question but I've been trying to perform this reaction: for quite a while now. Most of the times I've only gotten this far: Here is the procedure I've been following: Dry THF (20 ...
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What will this compound produce when reacted with sodium borohydride?

I feel the answer should be this: Because the carbonyl carbon on the aliphatic chain should be more electrophilic than the one on the ring due to the presence of two neighbouring electronegative ...
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Reduction of nitro group to amine

In the above reaction, I do know that $\ce{SnCl2/HCl}$ reduces $\ce{-NO2}$ group to $\ce{-NH2}$ but which one of the two $\ce{-NO2}$ will be reduced first by $\ce{SnCl2/HCl}$? Why so? And how does $\...
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Does Sn/HCl reduce the carboxylic group of benzoic acid?

I googled, but couldn't find any proper answer. As far as i know, $\ce{Sn/HCl}$ is a mild reducing agent and reduces a $\ce{NO2}$ group of nitrobenzene into $\ce{NH2}$. But does it reduce the $\ce{...
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Does a non-terminal alkyne react with sodamide?

Hydrocarbon (A), $\ce{C6H10}$, on treatment with $\ce{H2/Ni}$, $\ce{H2}$/Lindlar catalyst and $\ce{Na}$/liquid $\ce{NH3}$ forms three different reduction products (B),(C) and (D) respectively. (A) ...
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Birch reduction of anisole

Hepworth, Waring and Waring (2002) mentions that: In general, electron-withdrawing substituents make the arene more susceptible to reduction, while the opposite applies for electron-donating ...
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Does RedP+HI reduce all carbon functional groups to alkane?

I've seen the related questions 1 and 2, they're not duplicates So. when introducing Red P+HI reduction, our teacher said that it is the strongest reducing agent, and it can reduce any functional ...
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Prevent/Slow down oxidation of organic material

I'm having the hobby to draw paintings with the tea I drink trough the day. Usually I pour a tablespoon of the hot tea away, wait until it dries and gets more concentrated, so the colour is more ...
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Can H– act as a strong Brønsted base like CH3–?

In the reduction of carboxylic acids with $\ce {LiAlH_4}$ we get an alcohol. But isn't there a possibility of the hydride donor abstracting $\ce {H^{+}}$ from the acid to form $\ce {H_2}$?
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What is the purpose of CaO in Oakwood reaction

In the Oakwood reaction, i.e. $$\ce{RCOOH ->[NaOH + CaO] RH + Na2CO3},$$ is there any role or importance of $\ce{CaO}$, because it doesn't appear to be anywhere in the product.
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Does DIBAL-H reduce carboxylic acids?

Diisobutylaluminium hydride(DIBAL-H) reduces only carboxylic acid, ester or both? The answer given was that it only reduces ester. Is it correct that under any condition carboxylic acids are not ...
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Reaction of phenol and zinc dust

There is a reduction reaction of phenol with zinc dust which is found in many books. $\ce{Ph-OH + Zn -> Benzene + ZnO}$ However, a simple google search fails to explain anything about the ...
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Birch Reduction of Benzene

According to my Organic Chemistry Textbook: Benzene can be reduced to 1,4-cyclohexadiene by treating it with an alkali metal (sodium, lithium, or potassium) in a mixture of liquid ammonia and an ...
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Why does LiAlH4 reduce the double bond of cinnamaldehyde, whereas NaBH4 does not?

I read an answer here about why $\ce{LiAlH_4}$ does not reduce conjugated double bonds, and that $\ce{NaBH_4}$ does. But in the case of cinnamaldehyde, $\ce{LiAlH_4}$ reduces the conjugated double ...
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Why does the Rosenmund reduction stop at the aldehyde stage?

In the Rosenmund reduction, an acyl chloride can be reduced to an aldehyde by hydrogenation over a palladium catalyst poisoned with barium sulfate. Why isn't the aldehyde product further reduced to ...
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Are groups other than carbonyl reduced by Clemmensen reduction?

According to my textbook, Clemmensen reduction reduces only aldehydes and ketones to alkanes. But in this question: $\ce{Zn-Hg/HCl}$ has reduced both the ketonic and nitro group. Correct answer given ...
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Effect of protecting group on diastereoselectivity of LiAlH4 reduction of α-hydroxyketones

In the reactions above, taken from Tetrahedron Lett. 1982, 23 (23), 2355–2358, the choice of protecting group on the α-hydroxyl group has a large influence on the diastereoselectivity of reduction. ...
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Why does LiAlH4 reduce an amide to an amine, but only reduce a ketone/aldehyde to an alcohol?

Here are two different reactions in which lithium aluminium hydride, $\ce{LiAlH4}$, reduces a carbonyl group: Why does $\ce{LiAlH4}$ completely remove the oxygen from the amide, but only reduces the ...
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Stabilization of ipso and para position in Birch reduction by EWG of aromatic ring

I'm trying to grasp the Birch reduction. In the lecture about it, it's said that the EWG group stabilizes ipso and para position through resonance. I tried to understand that by drawing resonances ...
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Reduction of glucose to hexane with hydroiodic acid

My book (NCERT India) states that n-hexane is formed when glucose is heated in the presence of hydrogen iodide. That is, the following reaction takes place: $$\ce{C6H12O6 + HI ->[{\Delta}] C6H14}$$ ...
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Reaction of alkyne with sodium in ethanol

What is the product obtained on the reaction of but-2-yne with $\ce{Na}$ in ethanol? I know that $\ce{Na}$ in liquid $\ce{NH3}$ converts an alkyne to an alkene by anti addition, and $\ce{Na}$ in ...
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Chemoselectivity in reduction of 3′-nitroacetophenone

When 3′-nitroacetophenone is treated with sodium borohydride, only the carbonyl group is reduced (top); however, when reacted with tin and hydrochloric acid only the nitro group is reduced (bottom). ...
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Stereo selective reaction products

Pyruvic acid on reduction with yeast gives (-) lactic acid while with $\ce{NaBH4}$ it reduces to (+) lactic acid. How? I know this has something to do with stereoselectivity. But I don't know which ...