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Unformatted text preview: Lab 1: The Magtrieve Oxidation of 4-Chlorobenzyl Alcohol Due: 9/18/08 Introduction: In this lab, I ran oxidation reactions to convert 4-Chlorobenzyl Alcohol into 4- Chlorobenzaldehyde. This is an important reaction that is very useful in synthetic organic chemistry. In the early years of use of this reaction, there were numerous drawbacks, such as toxicity to humans. However over the years, scientists have used better reagents that provide more ideal conditions. The chromium oxidant that I used in this lab was recyclable and less susceptible to drawbacks. Discussion: The main process of this reaction is the use of physical properties of reactants to get the desired outcome. I had Magtrieve and 4-chlorobenzyl alcohol together in a beaker, which was then covered with a watch glass with ice in it. Then I put the entire system over a sand bath. So as the reagents heated, oxidation was also occurring. So the product 4-chlorobenzaldehyde was accumulating in the system and, because it has the lowest boiling point, it makes sense that most...
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- Fall '08