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Reduction of Aldehydes and Ketones to Alcohols

ChemieOrganische ChemieReduktionsreaktionen

This learning unit shows various methods to reduce aldehydes and ketones to alcohols. The applications of this reaction in the laboratory and in industry are explained.


  • Prof. Dr. Rainer Herges
  • Dr. Torsten Winkler


  • Dr. Guenter Grethe

Learning objective

  • Mechanism of the reduction of carbonyl compounds to alcohols
  • Selectivity of the reuction with sodium borohydride
  • Applications and industrial relevance

Important Keywords in this Learning Unit

reduction, aldehyde, carbonyl group, ketone, alcohol