The correct statement about the synthesis of erythritol CCH2OH4 used in the preparation of PETN is:

  1. A

    The synthesis requires three aldol condensations and one Cannizzaro reaction.

  2. B

    Alpha hydrogens of ethanol and methanol are involved in the reaction

  3. C

    The synthesis requires two aldol condensations and two Cannizzaro reactions.

  4. D

    The synthesis requires four aldol condensations between methanol and ethanol

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    Solution:

    Erythritol is synthesised as follows. This requires three aldol condensations and one Cannizzaro reaction.

     

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