Posted by mona on .
Draw the compound that would produce 4-ethyl-3-hexanol in the presence of a nickel catalyst and hydrogen.Plaese help!!!!!
Um...kinda hard to draw but from google you get:
hydrogen gas and a nickel catalyst is the conditions for hydrogenation and/or carbonyl reduction. Since you have an alcohol, we can assume that there was a carbonyl reduction. To draw the starting material, start by drawing the product. Next, remove a hydrogen from the carbon which is attached to the oxygen, as well as the hydrogen attached to the oxygen, and draw a new bond between the carbon and oxygen. If you did everything correctly, the carbon and oxygen should have a full octet, and you should have a ketone or aldehyde (ketone in this case).
that was from y ahoo answers by the way