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Haloform and Conversion

a. If you were carrying out an industrial scale synthesis in which one step involved a haloform reaction to convert a methyl ketone into the corresponding acid having one less carbon atom, would you use NaOH and Cl2, NaOH & Br2, or NaOH and I2 reagent? Give reasons.

b. Write a balanced equation for the conversion of C6H5CHOHCH3 to methyl ketone in the presence of I2 and NaOH. Identify which is being oxidized and which is being reduced.

Solution Summary

Step by step explanations and description is used to answer this problem, which looks at what kind of reagant to use and balancing an equation.