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Give a Balanced Equation for the Following Name Reaction: Clemmensen’S Reduction. - Chemistry (Theory)

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Give a balanced equation for the following name reaction:

Clemmensen’s reduction.

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Solution

Clemmensen’s reduction: It is the reduction of aldehydes and ketones to alkanes with amalgamated zinc and conc. HCl.

\[\ce{\underset{\text{(Acetaldehyde)}}{CH3CHO} + 4H ->[Zn/Hg][+HCl]\underset{\text{(Ethane)}}{CH3CH3} + H2O}\]

\[\ce{CH3COCH3 + 4H ->[Zn/Hg][+HCl] CH3CH2CH3 + H2O}\]

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