C6H5C(O)CH3 + NaBH4 + MeOH = ??????
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C6H5C(O)CH3 + NaBH4 + MeOH = ??????


I'm horrible with chemistry and the organic chem requirement for my biology degree is killing me. Please help me understand!
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This is a reduction of the Keton. The Acetophenon will be transferred into 1-Phenyl-ethanol. Methanol is solvent.

C6H5CO-CH3 + 2 H => C6H5CHOH-CH3

The 2 H are coming from the NaBH4. Mechanismum see here

http://individual.utoronto.ca/jenna/B42/ReductionAcetophenone.htm
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