What is the product of an addition reactions between butanol and water?

1 Answer
Apr 9, 2016

There isn't one with butanol, but there is with butanal.


I think you mean butanal, not butanol. There is no addition reaction with butanol because it has no #pi#-bonds anywhere.

With butanal, it looks like

#C_4H_8O + H_2O -> C_4H_10O_2#

or, in structural form,


The double bond on the fourth carbon opens to allow a hydroxyl group, which then lets the original oxygen bond to the remaining hydrogen.