Oxidation of alcohols

Oxidation of alcohols

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Caption: Oxidation of alcohols. A strong oxidizing agent (potassium dichromate, K2Cr2O7, yellow) has been added to three alcohols. A reaction has occurred with the primary and secondary alcohols (left & centre). The tertiary alcohol (right) has not reacted. A primary or secondary alcohol has a hydroxyl group (-OH) attached to a carbon atom joined to two or one hydrogen atoms respectively. A tertiary alcohol has a hydroxyl group attached to a carbon with no hydrogen atoms.

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Keywords: 2-methyl-propan-2-ol, alcohol, alcohols, chemical, chemicals, chemistry, experiment, oxidation reaction, primary, propan-1-ol, propan-2-ol, propanol, reaction, school, secondary, tertiary

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