How do you distinguish between primary and secondary alcohols?
By victor mayer method,
Treat the alcohol with the following reagents in order-
I would use the Lucas test to distinguish between a primary and a secondary alcohol.
The Lucas test differentiates between primary and secondary alcohols.
It is based on the difference in reactivity of the alcohols with
It works because secondary carbocations are more stable and form faster than primary carbocations.
The Lucas reagent is an equimolar mixture of
You add a few drops of your alcohol to the reagent in a test tube
A secondary alcohol will react within 3 min to 5 min to form the alkyl halide, which is insoluble and forms an oily layer.
A primary alcohol does not noticeably react with Lucas reagent at room temperature.