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Reduction of Carbonyl Groups to Methylene Groups

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This learning unit describes the reduction of carbonyl groups to methylene groups using the Clemmensen reduction and the Wolff-Kishner reduction.


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


  • Dr. Guenter Grethe

Learning objective

  • Clemmensen reduction
  • Wolff-Kishner reduction

Important Keywords in this Learning Unit

reduction, carbonyl group