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Preparation of Alcohols - Practice Questions & MCQ

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  • Grignard Reagent - 1, Reduction by LiAlH4 and NaBH4 is considered one of the most asked concept.

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When  CH_2=CH-COOH is reduced with LiAlH_4, the compound obtained will be

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Grignard Reagent - 1

All three types of monohydric alcohols can be prepared by the use of Grignard reagents. Grignard reagents form addition compounds by nucleophile attack with aldehydes and ketones which on hydrolysis with dilute acid yields alcohol.


For example:

Grignard Reagent - 2

Alcohols are produced by the reaction of Grignard reagents with aldehydes and ketones. The first step of the reaction is the nucleophilic addition of Grignard reagent to the carbonyl group to form an adduct. Hydrolysis of the adduct yields alcohol.


Reduction of Anhydrides and Esters

Anhydrides are formed by heating of two (-COOH) groups to remove (H2O) molecule. Aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives on reduction yield alcohols. A number of reducing agents link Zn/HCl, Na/C2H5OH, LiAlH4 or NaBH4 can be used for this purpose. These derivatives are reduced by nascent hydrogen into corresponding alcohols. 

Some examples include, 

\mathrm{(CH_{3}CO)_{2}O\: +\: 4H\: \xrightarrow[ether]{LiAlH_{4}}\: CH_{3}CH_{2}OH\: +\: CH_{3}COOH}

\mathrm{CH_{3}COOC_{2}H_{5}\: +\: 4H\: \xrightarrow[or\: LiAlH_{4}]{Na/C_{2}H_{5}OH}\: 2CH_{3}CH_{2}OH}

Reduction by LiAlH4 and NaBH4

NaBH4 can only reduce keto groups. But LiAlH4 can reduce even anhydrides and esters. LiAlH4 is a very good reducing agent because (Al) atom present in ir is more covalent than (B) atom in NaBH4. Therefore, Al has more tendency to gain the electrons, thus, it will try to keep the electrons to itself and hence H- will go in a particular manner. Thus, LiAlH4 is better reducing agent than NaBH4.

The mechanism for LiAlH4 occurs in the following steps:

  1. Deprotonation

  2. Nucleophilic attack by the hydride ion

  3. Nucleophilic attack by the hydride ion

  4. Leaving group removal

  5. Alkoxide is protonated

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Reference Books

Grignard Reagent - 1

Chemistry Part II Textbook for Class XII

Page No. : 329

Line : 17

Grignard Reagent - 2

Chemistry Part II Textbook for Class XII

Page No. : 331

Line : 1

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