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Example Question #15 : Reaction Mechanisms
What reagent would be best suited to accomplish the transformation shown below?
Methyl magnesium bromide,
Reduction of an ester to an alcohol requires a strong reducing agent, such as .
is not a strong enough reducing agent for this reaction. Hydrogenation and reaction with zinc would reduce the nitro group to an amino group instead of affecting the carboxylic acid. is a Grignard reagent, and would not function as a reducing agent.