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Homework Help: Organic Chemistry

Posted by Toki on Monday, December 6, 2010 at 4:38am.

Hello, I just have a quick question that I would like to have clarified.

According to my textbook definition, NaBH4 (a reducing agent) can be used in solution in alcohols or even solution in water - provided the solution is alkaline."

However, my textbook, in all of the examples only uses ethanol as the solvent. Is there a reason, or is it just a matter of preference?

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