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Ozonolysis of Alkenes

Ozonolysis of Alkenes Followed by Reduction: Laboratory Application

At low temperatures, ozonolysis cleaves only the double bonds of alkenes. Therefore, the methodology is being used for the structure determination of natural products or elastomers. The position of double bonds in the molecule can be deduced from the reaction products . Recently, this classical analysis of chemical structures has been largely substituted by modern intrumental techniques.

Occasionally, ozonolysis is applied for the preparation of difficult to synthesize aldehydes and ketones.

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