The Decomposition of Aldehydes and Ketones

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This chapter presents a comparatively detailed discussion of the results obtained from investigations in the liquid phase and in solution as well. It reviews some developments that have proved to be fruitful in the investigations of the initiation and termination steps of thermal decompositions and in the exploration of the nature of primary photochemical reactions. Photochemical investigations were greatly stimulated by the progress achieved in the field of spectroscopy. Recent results on luminescence behavior have yielded valuable information concerning the photophysical processes and the nature of the intermediate excited states. Photochemical rearrangements constitute the most rapidly expanding part of the photochemistry of aldehydes and ketones. It studies some of the examples of the reaction types, both primary and secondary, occurring with aldehydes and ketones. The focus is on the thermal and photochemical reactions, while radiolytic investigations are dealt with, only when they contribute to the elucidation of the correlation between photolysis and radiolysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234-380
Number of pages147
JournalComprehensive Chemical Kinetics
Issue numberC
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1972

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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