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Aliphatic hydrocarbons do not give the Cannizzaro reaction, while formaldehyde does the Cannizzaro reaction. Why?

Aliphatic hydrocarbons do not give the Cannizzaro reaction, while formaldehyde does the Cannizzaro reaction. Why?

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Kajal Banga
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3 months ago
Dear student

Cannizaro reaction is given by those aldehydes which do not contain any alpha hydrogens and formaldehyde/methanal (HCHO) is one such aldehyde.

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