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Old Jun 5th 2016, 10:17 PM   #1
Ilaria
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LiAlH4 quenching

Dear all,

I would like to understand why after the reduction of an amide with LiAlH4 in THF the reaction is quenched with 5% aqueous NaOH and not just with water. Does this have to do with the dangerous reactivity of LiAlH4 towards water or with the formation of emulsions? What happens and what is formed when you quench with water and when you quench with NaOH?
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