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This tag is appropriate for reactions, their mechanisms, their kinetics, when catalysts of any kind are involved.

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There are a couple of ways to think about this. First, considering your atom economy equation. Typically a catalyst is used in place of a stoichiometric reagent. A catalyst is (strictly speaking) not …
answered Jun 1 '15 by jerepierre
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This is a very limited situation, but benzylic alcohols can be reduced to the corresponding alkyl group with simple hydrogenolysis conditions, hydrogen gas with Pd/C. This is similar to the cleavage o …
answered Sep 22 '14 by jerepierre
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"Sacrificial agent" usually refers to something variable, but with little value, that can be used to produce something specific or carry out a specific function. In this case, an alcohol (ethanol or g …
answered Dec 3 '14 by jerepierre