Clemmensen Reduction

Clemmensen Reduction

The carbonyl group of aldehydes and ketones is reduced to CH2 group on treatment with  zinc amalgam and concentrated hydrochloric acid.
The mechanism of clemmensen reduction is uncertain. The following reaction pathway involving carbonyl group has been proposed . Transfer of our electrons from zinc metal to one molecule takes place. 
clemmensen reduction
 Some other examples of clemmensen reduction:
Some Other important Reactions

Cannizzaro Reaction

Etard Reactions

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