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Chemical Reactions of Alkanes The Limited Chemical Reactivity of Alkanes As nonpolar organic structures, alkanes have limited chemical reactivity compared with other classes of organic compounds. Neither acids nor bases react readily with alkanes. One notable and important reaction of alkanes is combustion, the combination with oxygen, discussed earlier. Synthesis of Alkanes and Cycloalkanes It is important to distinguish between large scale industrial production of some alkanes, often carried out under carefully controlled catalytic methods, and standard laboratory procedures . These standard procedures are the synthetic methods covered in detail in this course. The study of these general syntheses is closely connected with, if not inseparable from, the investigation of reaction mechanism theory in organic chemistry.
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Hydrogenation of Alkenes and Cycloalkenes A standard way of preparing alkanes and cycloalkanes is by the catalytic hydrogenation of the corresponding alkenes and cycloalkenes.
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