Reduction of Aldehydes and Ketones to Alcohols
Reduction of Aldehydes and Ketones to Alcohols: Introduction
In the laboratory, aldehydes and ketones are reduced with metal hydrides (e.g. lithium aluminum hydride (LiAlH4 ) or sodium borohydride (NaBH4 )) to the corresponding alcohols. In industry, aldehydes and ketones are reduced to alcohols by hydrogenation using metal catalysts (nickel, palladium or platinum).
Reduction of acetone to propane-2-ol with sodium borohydride