Reactions of Alkenes

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Reactions of Alkenes

  1. Combustion
    Alkene + O2 → CO2 + H2O
  2. Addition Reaction
    a) Addition of steam - Hydration
    Ethene + water → ethanol
    b) Addition of halogens to the double bonds - Bromination

Addition reaction of alkenes - hydrogenation
Hydrogenation - alkenes react with hydrogen in the presence of a nickel catalyst at a temperature of 150°C to form alkanes.
Understand the mechanism of ‘heterogeneous catalysis’ in the hydrogenation of unsaturated hydrocarbons.
During this process the reactants get adsorbed onto the surface of the catalyst increasing the rate of reaction.

Reaction of Alkenes with Bromine Water

Substitution and Addition Reactions
Substitution reaction for saturated hydrocarbons - Alkane
In a substitution reaction, one of the hydrocarbon’s hydrogens are removed (usually on the end) and replaced with an atom of halogen.
C5H12 + Cl2 → C5H11Cl + HCl
C5H12 + HCl → C5H11Cl + H2

Addition reaction for unsaturated hydrocarbons - Alkene
The double bond is broken to a single bond. This allows the carbons on either side of the broken bond to have an extra bond available, so the halogen atoms add to either side of where the double bond broke.
C5H10 + Cl2 → C5H10Cl2
C5H10 + HCl → C5H11Cl

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