Bouveault-Blanc reduction

What is Bouveault-Blanc reduction?

The Bouveault-Blanc reduction, also referred to as the Bouveault-Blanc reaction, is a chemical process that involves the conversion of esters into alcohols through the use of sodium and an alcohol reducing agent. This reaction is named after its discoverers, French chemists Louis Bouveault and Gustave Blanc.

Bouveault–Blanc reduction - Bouveault-Blanc reaction
Bouveault-Blanc reduction


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