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Cannizzaro reaction lab

  1. Apr 16, 2010 #1
    In the lab, can the reaction form a mixture of aldehyde, carboxylic acid, and alcohol? What I mean is that could some of the aldehyde may not have reacted and be present in the product maybe because too much is used? Or is the reaction exclusively yields an alcohol and carboxylic in equal amount? Thank you.
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  3. Apr 16, 2010 #2
    Depending on the aldehyde and reaction conditions, this reaction might not go to completion and so you'll be left with some aldehyde.
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