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Convert a given alkane to any higher or lower alkene without sides rxn

  1. Dec 31, 2007 #1
    how can we convert any given alkane to any other higher or lower alkane without giving rise to any side reactions

    i tried to find many books but they all give wurtz,decarboxylation,kolbe synthesis
    but for all these steps we need to prepare their halogen deirvatives which are formed in different isomeric forms
  2. jcsd
  3. Jan 1, 2008 #2
    there is the cracking of large alkane molecules, to give smaller ones in the petroleum industry. you only need a catalyst, silica or alumina, and a temperature of about 450 degrees.

    for converting lower alkanes molecules to larger ones, i have no clue.
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