Answer to Question #59284 in Organic Chemistry for UZMA YAQUB

Question #59284
WHY TERTIARY ALCOHOL DOES NOT OXIDISED BY KMNO4
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2016-04-18T09:43:05-0400
What you probably want to know about is a selective oxidation of C-O bond. This can't be possible in case of tertiary alcohol, since carbon can only have four bonds and three are already occupied by alkyl groups and it is much more difficult to break C-C bond than to break C-H bond which happens when oxidizing primary or secondary alcohols.

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