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Organic Chemistry Text Book (CHEM 3401 and 3402)

9.7 Oxidation of Alkynes


Reactions of alkynes with oxidizing agents such as potassium permanganate and ozone usually result in cleavage of the triple-bond to give carboxylic acid products. A general equation for this kind of transformation follows. The symbol [O] is often used in a general way to denote an oxidation.

RC≡CR'   +  [O]   ——>  RCO2H   +   R'CO2H