Oxidation of Alcohol Oxidation is addition of oxygen, addition of halogens or loss of hydrogen while reduction is loss of oxygen, addition of hydrogen

, or loss of halogen. Although there are other definitions as well but for the time being we will stick to these definitions. Oxidizing agents are the species with excess of oxygen while reducing agents have less oxygen atoms but high amount of hydrogen. Examples of oxidizing agents are K2Cr2O7, O2, Br2, H2CrO4 and reducing agent are H2, NaBH4, LiAlH4 Sequence of oxidation and reduction of various functional groups is given below: