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Introduction To Organic Chemistry


Reactions of Alkanes

Alkanes, paraffins, are the saturated hydrocarbons which is the simplest group of the homologous series do not react with many of the common laboratory reagents. They do not dissolve in water. They do not react with acids or alkalis. Their strong single covalent bonds are difficult to break so alkanes are rather unreactive.

Aside from being combustible (flammable), two other notable reactions are: substitution, catalytic reforming and cracking. These reactions are due their carbon-carbon single bonds (functional group). For further information on these reactions please click on the icons below.