Questions tagged [organic-reduction]

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Chirality and number of sterioisomers

I have recently read that the number of sterioisomers in a compound having n chiral centres is 2^n. (That is, if no meso form is present) The below question asks for the number of sterioisomers in ...
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Conjugation and Lithium aluminium hydride

When does lithium aluminium hydride reduce double bond in conjugation with carbonyl group? I found that it reduces benylic alcohol to alkane. Does it have anything to do with congjugation of phenyl (...
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Action of KMno4/H+ and heat in this reaction

The first step uses LAH which is a hydride donor. So H- attacks any one carbonyl carbon and forms an aldehyde and acid attached to the ring. Then Conc. KMno4 is used. As far as i know, it cleaves c=c ...
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does Hydrogen and nickel reduce c=c

In my course, I've come across H2 and Ni catalyst as a reducing agent for alkenes and LiAlH4/NaBH4 as a reducing agent for carbonyl groups. I know LiAlH4/NaBH4 can't reduce c=c as it is nucleophilic ...
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Organic chemistry [closed]

Could someone tell me what happens when a compound having a benzene ring reacts with a mixture of NaOH/HCHO? What reaction and mechanism does this follow?
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Extent of Clemmensen reduction

I came across Clemmensen reaction while studying and I learnt that it is used to reduce carbonyl groups or C=O groups. However, I have a doubt whether carboxylic acids can also be reduced or not. I ...
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Reduction of Propanamide with Lithium Aluminium Hydride [duplicate]

When amides are reduced with $\ce{LiAlH4}$ to amines, how come the alcohol functional group is not present- the reduced form of the $\ce{C=O}$ bond. Instead, there is an H present. Is this because $\...
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CuS+HCl is it a reduction or oxidation reaction

How do we identify whether a reaction is oxidation or reduction and please let me know whether the equation given above is oxidation or reduction.
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Specific reduction of certain functional groups

Consider the compound $\ce{Alkyl-(4 oxocyclopent-2-ene)carboxylate (A)}$. For example consider- Now consider the operations: $\ce{1. (A) + (i)BH3/THF (ii) H+}$ $\ce{2. (A) + H2/Pt}$ ...
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How long does it take Freon refrigerant to disappear from a room after an accidental major leakage?

I would like to know please how long does it take Freon refrigerant to completely disappear from a room after an accidental major leakage? Does it stick to surfaces , clothes or walls? Does natural ...
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Converting cycling compounds to their corresponding aliphatic compounds

Is there any reaction available to convert cyclic compounds to their corresponding aliphatic compounds? eg. Converting cyclohexane to n hexane
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Reduction of an Allylic Enoate to afford allylic alcohol in presence of Benzyl Acetal Groups

I have a question that requires finding a reagent for the reduction of an enoate to the corresponding allylic alcohol. Preferably done in one step too with an acid workup at the end too. What types ...
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Selective reduction of nitro group to amine, in benzene ring containing nitrile?

I would like to know if there is a possible route of synthesis that may reduce the shown compound A to the following product B. I would normally reduce a nitro to an amine using $\ce{Pd/C}$ and $\ce{...
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Reduction of amino acids to corresponding amino alcohols

I've stumbled upon an interesting article about reduction of amino acids and from there to reduction of L-valine to L-valinol using $\ce{LiAlH4}$ in THF. Article says that because of the cost of $\...
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Why do α- and β- Keto acids with Ph groups are generally not reduced,but other keto acids are reduced?

The reactions that I am thinking about: Ph here is for phenyl group I tried to do this by using the nakayabashi mechanism but could not find any resonance structure or anything special.I also thought ...
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Dissolving Metal Reduction of 4-Octyne to (E)-4-Octene and What Else?

I was reading Solomon's Organic Chemistry and came across the Dissolving Metal Reduction of 4-Octyne to (E)-4-Octene. (The same as can be found this question) But the book states that the (E)-4-...
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Reduction of carbamate with LAH

The products of the reduction of esters with $\ce {LiAlH4}$ and the products of the reduction of amides with $\ce {LiAlH4}$ are vastly different. The former reduction cleaves the ester and produces ...
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Are chlorinated solvents generally avoided in reducing reactions?

Are chlorinated solvents incompatible with reducing reagents? Is reductive dechlorination the reason? There also seems to be exemptions, in J. Org. Chem. 1996, 61, 3849-3862, 1,2-dichloroethane was ...
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Reduction of ester / eneone in presence of epoxide

I want to reduce an ester and an eneone in the presence of a terminal epoxide. I read on here @jerepierre did an ester in the presence of an epoxide with DIBAL. I know the DIBAL works for my ester, ...
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Diborane reduction

I am stuck at a step in reduction of alkene using $\ce{B2H6}.$ I assume that step 1 is the addition of borane to alkene. After that a water molecule attacks $\ce{-BH2},$ it being a Lewis acid. ...
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Which of these reactants will not generate this racemic amine?

I understand that in E there is no electrophile the amine can attack, however, I do not understand why A is an answer as well. The amine in A can perform an intramolecular attack on the aldehyde and ...
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Chemical Reaction Alternative to O2 Respiration in H2/N2 Atmosphere [closed]

Note: If this question does not belong on this Stack Exchange, please direct me to a more appropriate Stack Exchange. This is a "creative chemistry" question as much or more-so than a "give me the ...
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Reduction of conjugated double bond by sodium borohydride

Some of my teachers were debating about whether a double bond in conjugation with a ketone is reduced or not by $\ce{NaBH4}.$ One of my teachers presented the evidence from Clayden which had an ...
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Rationale behind Barton's rules for catalytic hydrogenation

Organic Chemistry by Morrison and Boyd,Seventh Edition says - When cyclohexanones are used as substrates, the stereoselectivity of the reduction is found to be dependent on the acidity or the ...
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Could sodium in ethanol reduce amides to amines?

Strong reducing agents like $\ce{LiAlH4}$ can reduce amides to amines. Sodium in ethanol (as a source of protons) is also a very strong reducing agent. Could it be therefore used to, for example, turn ...
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Fehling's solution - What is the shelf life of the unmixed A & B components?

If you prepare two separate solutions of Fehling's A and Fehling's B, what is the shelf life likely to be? Will the effectiveness of the solution diminish over time? The literature recommends ...
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Thermodynamic data related to diazotization reaction

Is there any thermodynamic data available for diazotization of aniline and also for the reduction of the diazonium salt using sodium sulfite? I also want to know the heat of reaction for both the ...
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Names of NAD+ and NADH

As part of the biochemical process of glycolysis, NAD+ is reduced to NADH. In other words, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide is reduced to... nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide? Everywhere I look ...
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Dehydration of carboxylic acids with phosphoric acid

To find Z one must find X. Finding Y is of no use to find Z. I get X as: After addition of $\ce{H2/Pd-C}$, the unsaturated portion becomes saturated and the carboxylic acid remains unchanged. ...
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The products of a chain reaction beginning with acetone and sodium amide

I encountered the following question in an exam: $\ce{CH3COCH3 + NaNH2}$  giving out $\ce{A}$. $\ce{A}$ then reacts with $\ce{C2H2}$ giving out $\ce{B}$. $\ce{B}$ then reacts with $\ce{H+}$ to ...
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Efficient way to synthesize poly(alkyl)amine

I am trying to synthesize poly(ethylene-propylene)amine, i.e.: I've read that Reductive Amination is efficient regarding the reaction yield. However, it needs aldehydes to start the reaction. To make ...
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Using Wilkinson's Catalyst to reduce esters?

I was solving some questions on alcohols when I came upon a question in which it was asked that whether esters can be reduced using hydrogen in the prescence of wilkinson's catalyst. Now I know that ...
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Conversion of benzenediazonium chloride to benzene using lithium aluminium hydride

Why does benzenediazonium chloride get converted to benzene upon reacting with $\ce{H3PO2}$ and not $\ce{LiAlH4}$ ? Also, what is the reaction mechanism of the reaction with $\ce{H3PO2}$ ? This ...
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Preference for tin or iron in the reduction of nitrobenzene

My NCERT book(Class 12) said the following for reduction of nitrobenzene using $\ce{Sn/HCl}$ and $\ce{Fe/HCl}$ : Now, I have been following this mechanism for this particular reduction, and it seems ...
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Mechanism of the Gatterman Reaction

Aryl diazonium salt on treatment with copper and the corresponding hydrohalic acid, gives the aryl halide. This reaction is called the Gatterman reaction. What is the mechanism of this reaction? Is ...
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Reduction with NH2-NH2 , OH-, and glycol

this question was asked in my exam and I have done it properly until the very third step but unfortunately, although the last step looked like wolfkishner reduction to me I could not do it. My ...
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Cross Cannizzarro reaction for ketones

I want to ask that cross cannizzarro could be possible between any aldehyde + ketone mixture(without alpha H) and we get products as aldehyde get oxidised and ketone get reduced(along with self ...
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What is the balanced equation of BH3/THF with an amide to form an amine? [closed]

I am doing a green chemistry project as an undergraduate and need the balanced equation to complete the calculations. I cannot find the right information online so any help would be greatly ...
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How does di-isobutylaluminium hydride ( DiBAl-H ) reduces carboxylic acid

$\text{DiBAl-H}$ reduces by electrophilic attack and provides hydrogen by $\text{H}^-$ transfer. Unlike $\text{LiAlH}_4$ it does not directly provide $\text{H}^-$ ion. So it should not undergo acid ...
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Will fruits and vegetables be more oxidized if blended at high speed for a long time or at less rpm for a short period of time? [closed]

Will fruits and vegetables be less oxidized if blended at higher speeds for shorter periods of time, or at lower speeds for longer periods of time? Do the oxidized molecules in vegetable juice ...
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Regarding Clemensen Reduction of the following compound [duplicate]

While I was doing problems on reduction of aldehydes and ketones, I encountered this particular question Here, I know that Clemensen reduction reduces the ketone group to $-CH_2-$ group. But, the ...
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Does sodium borohydride reduce C=N group?

Q.15 the major product of the following reaction is: I have read that $\ce{NaBH4}$ reduces only aldehyde, ketone and acid chlorides. In some cases it may reduce double bonds conjugated with ...
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6-oxoheptanal reaction with LiAlH4 [closed]

Is it possible? the reaction below
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Organic Chemistry - Reduction

Can anybody help me with the product? Seems like Birch reduction, but Birch reduction is used for conjugated systems and alkynes.
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Reactions on alpha tetralone to synthesize naphthalene

Alpha-Tetralone is reacted by $1.\ce{Zn(Hg),HCl}\ \ 2.\ce{ Pd/C}$ What is the product and mechanism that is followed for the 2nd reaction? A book by SN Sanyal says that Naphthalene will be produced . ...
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Which one is the stronger base?

I'm studying Wolff-Kishner reduction and I don't understand why after this step the leaving group is $\ce{OH-}$ instead of $\ce{^-HN-NH2}$. I guess it's because hydroxide ion is less strong than the ...
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Organic reduction of alkene

Can Wolff Kishner and Clemmensen Method be used to reduce alkyne or alkene. If so do they produce syn addition or anti addition product. ?
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What are solvents that can dissolve sebum that is safe for topical use? [closed]

I do not know much about these properties and I need some feedback regarding these. Sebum is a semi-fluid that in humans contains a mixture of triglyerides, cholesterol, ester waxes, and squalene. 57....
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Is there an advantage to the Clemmensen or Wolff-Kishner reductions over the Mozingo reaction?

As I understand it (and please correct me if I'm wrong), ketones and aldehydes can be reduced to methylene derivatives via: Clemmensen Reduction (acidic conditions): Wolff-Kishner Reaction (basic ...
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Reduction using sodium borohydride

When we react a ketone with NaBH4, it reduces to alcohol. I coudn't understand the mechanism of this reaction. The first step in my text book states that the hydrogen from NaBH4 attacts the carbonyl ...