Mon May 02, 2011 By: Theodosia Lourdes

What are Olefins? Explain the hydroformylation of olefins which yields aldehydes.

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Tue May 03, 2011
Olefin, also called alkene are any unsaturated hydrocarbon containing one or more pairs of carbon atoms linked by adouble bond.
Hydroformylation or oxo synthesis or oxo process is an important industrial process for the production of aldehydes from alkenes.
This chemical reaction involves the addition of a formyl group (CHO) and a hydrogen atom to a carbon-carbon double bond, thats why known as hydroformylation process.
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