Alcohols and ethers: reactions

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Ethers

  • Despite being slightly polar ethers are sufficiently non-polar to resist attack from most nucleophiles and electrophiles
  • They are also quite resistant to reduction and oxidation
  • They are highly flammable and on contact with air can form hydroperoxides and peroxides which are extremely unstable and potentially explosive
  • Used as solvents since they are relatively…

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