Give an example of Cyanohydrin reaction.

Cyanohydrin is organic compounds with the formula RR’C(OH)CN, where alkyl or aryl groups may be R and R ‘.

Reaction

In the presence of excess sodium cyanide (NaCN) as a precursor to using cyanohydrin, aldehydes and ketones react with hydrogen cyanide (HCN). Such reactions are classified as reactions to cyanohydrins.

RR’C=O + HCN → RR’C(OH)CN

The useful synthetic intermediates are Cyanohydrins.

 

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