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    Hi, can 2-butanol be made from butanoic acid? Why or why not? Thanks


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    A few hints. Think about the structures, which carbon in butanoic acid is the acid group on? Which carbon atom in 2-butanol is the hydroxyl group on? Are they the same?


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    My answer is no because 2-butanol is a seconday alcohol therefore it would only oxidize to ketone. Am i in the right path?
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    In the OP you are talking about reduction of an acid to an alcohol, now you have changed to oxidation of an alcohol to a ketone, which way around is the question? I think you are on the right lines though, a secondary alcohol is oxidised to a ketone and cannot be further oxidised to form an acid. Likewise an acid is reduced to an aldehyde, further reduction gives the primary alcohol (1-butanol this case) not a secondary alcohol.
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    Ok. I understand now. Thanks.
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    No problem, glad to help.
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