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Alkynes

Alkynes

Background:


Ethyne more commonly known as 
acetelyne, is the simplest and 
most commonly known alkyne.
Ethyne more commonly known as
acetelyne, is the simplest and
most commonly known alkyne.
Alkynes like alkanes and alkenes are composed exlusively of carbon and hydrogen atoms. Their distinguishing feature is that they do contain at least one carbon-carbon triple bond and they do not contain a benzene ring.

Alkynes are unsaturated hydrocarbons and are generally much more reactive than alkanes and alkenes. Typical reactions involve combustion or the addition of hydrogens or halogens.

History:


"Acetylene was discovered in 1836 by Edmund Davy who identified it as a 'new carburet of hydrogen.' It was rediscovered in 1860 by French chemist Marcellin Berthelot, who coined the name 'acetylene.'" ... Wikipedia

Bibliography:


Wikipedia article on alkynes
Article on alkynes by R.H. Logan
Reactions of Alkynes - Michigan State University

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