#1
Quick question, I feel like an idiot asking. It's for my A2 coursework and I really should know this, but, can you oxidise a tertiary alcohol? Using the ol' acidified pottasium dichromate?

Its for a flowchart, and I'm struggling to find a test to distinguish between a tertiary alcohol and an ester.

Cheers.
D-U-F-R-A-I-S


Quote by darkstar2466
WRONG.

The only reason it exists is because drugs get people fucked up, and people love getting fucked up.

#4
No you can't
Primary - Aldehyde - Carboxylic Acid
Secondary - Ketone
Tertiary - Nothing
#6
Quote by Gyroscope12
No you can't
Primary - Aldehyde - Carboxylic Acid
Secondary - Ketone
Tertiary - Nothing


Cheers, I just dug my old AS notes out and realised I could use sodium to test for it. All sorted.
D-U-F-R-A-I-S


Quote by darkstar2466
WRONG.

The only reason it exists is because drugs get people fucked up, and people love getting fucked up.

#7
No you cant oxidise a tertiary alcohol. If you draw the structure you will see why.
Sat in a lab, curing diseases. They actually LET me play with chemicals!