DIBAL is useful in organic synthesis for a variety of reductions, including converting carboxylic acids , their derivatives, and nitriles to aldehydes . DIBAL efficiently reduces α-β unsaturated esters to the corresponding allylic alcohol.  By contrast, LiAlH 4 reduces esters and acyl chlorides to primary alcohols , and nitriles to primary amines [use Feiser work-up procedure]. DIBAL reacts slowly with electron-poor compounds, and more quickly with electron-rich compounds. Thus, it is an electrophilic reducing agent whereas LiAlH 4 can be thought of as a nucleophilic reducing agent.