why does ketone not get oxidised??is difficult to oxidise?

why does ketone not get oxidised??is difficult to oxidise?


2 Answers

Mujahid Ahmed
42 Points
9 years ago

Oxidation of ketone is difficult because it involves the breaking of C-C bond which is very difficult.


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Aman Bansal
592 Points
9 years ago

Dear Student,

A ketone, has a carbonyl group (C=O) with two R groups attached on either side (R can not be hydrogen).

An aldehyde, has a carbonyl group, with only ONE R group attached. The other atom attached to the carbonyl carbon is a hydrogen atom.

A ketone can be reduced - it will give you a secondary alcohol.

The ketone can not be oxidized.

In order to get an aldehyde, you could oxidize a primary alcohol, RCH2OH.

RCH2OH ---[Ox]----> RCHO (aldehyde) -----[Ox]----> RCOOH (carboxylic acid).

The aldehyde can be oxidized to a carboxylic acid.

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