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Aldehydes & Tollens Test 
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Mar1004, 01:46 PM

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Hi
I did the Tollen's test on benzaldehyde in the lab recently. I'm trying to understand why the cabonyl group reacts so readily with the Tollen's reagent [ammonical silver oxide solution], even though it is a mild oxidising agent. Is there something about the aldehyde structure that make that "H" on the carbonyl group vulnerable? How should I approach this to get it clearly? CJ 


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