Problem: Which reagents are best for carrying out this reaction?

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We’re being asked to determine the reagents needed to carry out the given reaction.



Recall reduction is the process of increasing hydrogen atoms in a compound. Carbonyl compounds can be reduced into alcohols using:

• LiAlH4: a strong reducing agent that reduces ANY carbonyl compound to alcohols


• NaBH4: a weak reducing agent that reduces ONLY aldehydes and ketones to alcohols


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Which reagents are best for carrying out this reaction?