1. TREATMENT OF CARBONYL COMPOUNDS WITH CARBON NUCLEOPHILES SUCH AS GRIGNARD REAGENTS. Excellent method for the synthesis of primary, secondary, and tertiary alcohols with high degree of specificity.
2. TREATMENT OF CARBONYL COMPOUNDS WITH HYDRIDE REDUCING AGENTS. Good method for synthesizing primary or secondary alcohols with the same number of carbons as the starting material.
3. CATALYTIC HYDROGENATION OF CARBONYL COMPOUNDS. Same applications as number 2 above, but will also reduce pi bonds to alkanes if they are present.