Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Oxidation - Aldehydes - Ketones


Carbonyl groups in aldehydes and ketones may be oxidized to form
compounds at the next “oxidation level”, that of carboxylic acids.

• Alcohols are oxidized to aldehydes and ketones
(example: biological oxidation of ethanol to acetaldehyde)
• The carbonyl group may be further oxidized to carboxylic acids

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