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Product of a crossed Cannizzaro reaction

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Predict the product of crossed Cannizzaro reaction between formaldehyde and p-anisaldehyde (4-methoxybenzaldehyde).

In excess formaldehyde, the aromatic aldehyde is reduced to a primary alcohol in high yield.

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This solution is provided in 123 words in an attached .doc file. It details the cannizaro reaction and uses diagrams of the mechanism of the reaction to further understanding.

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Please find attached a mechanism to account for the reaction, along with a little explanation to make things clearer.

The cannizaro reaction involves hydride transfer from an aldehyde molecule lacking an α-hydrogen atom. ...

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