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Strong reduction of organic acid group

  1. Oct 22, 2015 #1
    I've been thumbing back through my organic synthesis book to try and remember how to reduce a carboxylic functional group. I know how to do partial reduction to primary alcohols, or create aldehydes and or acyl halides. But isn't there a way to completely reduce it all the way to a hydrocarbon without too much trouble and nasty chemicals or expensive PtO catalysts? Haven't found a way yet......just wondering if anyone out there knew how to do this I'm trying to prep an organic species for polymerization, but the acidic group is a reactive site and I do not want the other monomers to bond there so I need to get rid of it completely
     
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  3. Oct 23, 2015 #1

    DrDu

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    Wouldn't it be easier to convert it into an ester?
     
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  5. Oct 25, 2015 #2

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    Yeah, its almost never easier to get rid of a c-c bond than it is to esterify or amidify an acid. There's a half-dozen other acid-base masking reactions you could also do. I think DrDru answered this. It should be closed.
     
  6. Oct 25, 2015 #3
    I'm trying to remove the oxygens, an ester is not the product I need. I may have to try a different structural molecule for the polymer i have in mind.....I was thinking it could fully be reduced but can't remember how.
     
  7. Oct 25, 2015 #4

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    Maybe you could specify your monomer and what you really want. If you want to do a polymerization, your molecule probably contains other groups sensitive to reduction.
     
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