In a dry round bottom flask, 1.5mL of cyclohexanone was added with 5mL of methanol. The solution was cooled in an ice bath for 3 minutes after which 0.2g of sodium borohydride was measured and added to the solution. Upon mixing, a gas was formed (bubbles). The round bottom flask was removed from the ice bath and placed at room temperature. After 10 minutes at room temperature, 5.0mL of 3M NaOH and 2.0mL of distilled water was added to the solution.
Isolation and Characterization
The solution was placed in a 125mL separatory funnel in which 5mL of dichloromethane and 5mL of NaCl solution were added to it. The separatory funnel was shaken three times and the solution was left to sit until two distinct layers formed. The top aqueous