Oxidation of Alcohols

In General primary (1o) alcohols get oxidozed to aldehydes and to carboxylic acids if using an appropriately powerful oxidizing reagent.

Secondary (2o) alcohols can be oxidized to ketones.

Teritary (3o) alcohols typically do not undergo oxidation.

Oxidizing Reagents

Pyridinium chlorochromate (PCC)

  • Mild oxidizing reagent for converting 1o alcohols to aldehydes.

Sodium dichromate or potassium dichromate (Na2Cr2O7)

  • Powerful oxding reagent.  Oxidizes 1 alcohols to carboxylic acid and secondary alcohols to ketones