Addition of LiAlH4 to ketones to give secondary alcohols

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Description: Addition of lithium aluminum hydride to ketones leads to formation of secondary alcohols (after addition of acid) Content available for Reactionguide members only. Not a member? Get access for about 30 cents / day!

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Joseph Delaune December 9, 2013 at 11:55 pm

LiAlH4 seems to function in the same alcohol reduction reactions as the reagent, NaBH4. If LiAlH4 achieves the same products as NaBH4, what is the point of having to remember NaBH4 as a reagent?

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Jason Mathias March 23, 2014 at 9:47 pm

On stereochemistry – Since this is a flat structure before AlH3, does this produce equal amounts of enantiomers if there is a stereocenter at the Carbon?

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