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Epoxidation of Alkenes with Peracids

Epoxidation of Alkenes with Peracids: Preparation of Propylene Oxide

The technical synthesis of propylene oxide from propene is carried out using either the chlorohydrin process or the Prilezhaev oxidation.

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Fig.1
Reaction steps in the chlorohydrin process
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Prilezhaev oxidation

Importantly, propylene oxide is used for the preparation of polyester and polyether alcohols as well as non-ionized tensides.

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