Does all alcohol undergo halogenation and controlled oxidation?

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This is the question from the lab of "comparision of three isomers of butanol" GR 12 pg 84
 

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Could you oxidize t-butanol and still maintain the t-butyl structure? Tell us about the three isomers of butanol you are familiar with, please.
 
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there is no reaction if you try to oxidise t-butanol (tertiary alcohol) with kmno4.
 

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