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Why can't you oxidize tertiary alcohols?


you can ...

For example:

2-methylpropan-2-ol and oxygen react to form carbon dioxide and water.

2 CH3-C (CH3) 2-OH + 13 O2 ---> 8 CO2 + 10 H2O

The reaction with oxygen is a classic oxidation ...

No, no, of course I know what you mean. You want to know why tertiary alcohols cannot be oxidized with oxygen in such a way that their carbon chain is not destroyed (mild oxidation).

This is due to the fact that for a mild oxidation you also have to have at least one hydrogen atom bonded to the carbon atom that carries the hydroxyl group, so that a water molecule can be formed during the mild oxidation.

But with a tertiary alcohol there are only other carbon atoms as binding partners on the crucial carbon atom (to which the hydroxyl group is attached). No hydrogen atom ...

LG from the Waterkant.