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Dihydroxylation

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  • Dihydroxylation or hydroxylation is the oxidation of an alkene to a glycol. There are two oxidizing agents commonly used for dihydroxylation of alkenes.

    1. OsO4
    eg:

    2. KMnO4
    eg:

    Both reactions are syn additions:

    see also ozonolysis, cyclic osmate ester, cyclic manganate ester