Cycloalkane structures

Cycloalkanes: cyclobutane

The cyclobutane molecule is not flat, but folded. The molecule folds out of the plane so that the tension generated by the eight eclipsed hydrogen atoms is reduced. Part of the molecule is rotated 26 ° out of plane. However, this does not mean that the structure is rigid; it flips from one folded conformation to the other very quickly. The C-C-C angle of 88.5 ° is also significantly removed from the tetrahedral angle (109.5 °) and indicates a high ring tension.

The dissociation energy of the C-C bond in cyclobutane is 264 kJmol-1 very low. With ring opening, as with cyclopropane, tension is released and new bonds are formed with greater overlap. Cyclobutane, although less reactive than cyclopropane, undergoes similar reactions.


the Cycloalkanes (Cyclanes, older name: Naphthenes, cycloparaffins) are a group of substances made up of ring-shaped, saturated hydrocarbons. The rings can have side chains. In the systematics of organic chemistry they are one of the alicyclic compounds. The cycloalkanes without side chains form a homologous series with the general empirical formula C.nH2n, where n ≥ 3. Thus, the smallest occurring cycloalkane is cyclopropane.

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Naturally occurring cycloalkanes (cyclopentane, cyclohexane, cycloheptane) were first found by the chemist Vladimir Wassiljewitsch Markovnikov in the petroleum fraction, also called naphtha, of the Caucasian petroleum. Hence the name Naphthawhich is occasionally used for all cycloalkanes. Usually this imprecise name is only used for the derivatives of cyclopentane and cyclopentane. In the language of the petroleum industry, naphthene is still a common name for these cycloalkanes.


- have at least one double bond

- are alkenes, the molecules of which are ring-shaped

- They hardly differ from the alkenes in terms of properties and reaction behavior

- The position of the double bond does not have to be specified because it is a closed chain (only applies to a double bond)!

Cycloalkanes also have isomers, namely cis-trans isomers. If the substituents are on the same side, one speaks of cis isomers, but when the substituents are on different sides, one speaks of trans isomers.


Karl Weltzien, the first full professor of organic chemistry (1848-1869) is best known as the organizer of the first international conference for chemists in Karlsruhe in 1860. Hermann Staudinger began his academic career here as an assistant and C-3 professor (1907-1912 ) with work on ketenes, ozonolysis, autoxidation, diazo compounds and macromolecules. Karl Freudenberg dealt with lignins, polysaccharides and stereochemical topics during his time in Karlsruhe (1922-1926). His successor, Stefan Goldschmidt (1927-1935) concentrated his work on free organic radicals from carbon, nitrogen and oxygen. Rudolf Criegee (1937-1969) made a considerable contribution to the development of organic chemistry. His work on the mechanism of ozonolysis, autoxidation processes, dihydroxylation with osmium tetroxide and high-tension hydrocarbons are internationally known. In 1966 the institute was relocated to a new building. Around this time the number of chairs was increased to three. Kurt Hasse (1966-1971) was a bio-organic chemist, Hans Musso (1968-1988) clarified the structures of various natural dyes, and Gerhard Schröder (1970-1997) worked on bull valenes, annulenes, crown ethers and carbon oxides.

Discrete and Algebraic Structures - In Brief

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This book provides a basic introduction to logistics and a classification of logistics in the value creation process. The question of the relationship between logistics (management) and supply chain management is also examined. In addition to terms and structures in logistics, process aspects are also dealt with. The aim is to show in a compact form the modern understanding of logistics that goes beyond the pure physical handling of goods transports, transshipment and storage. Logistics is treated both from the perspective of a management concept and from the perspective of technical dimensions. Each chapter contains learning objectives as well as numerous exercises with detailed solutions for self-study and for optimal exam preparation.

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The physical and chemical properties of ultra-small structures are mainly determined by their borders and edges. Hence, they can be manipulated and controlled through their interfaces. This is possible for all nano-objects and this possibility is becoming more and more important with advancing miniaturization, e.g. in microelectronic circuits through the use of ultra-small and ultra-fast chip architectures or in the design of new catalysts. The scientific scope of interfaces and their relevance for application was once again underlined in 2007 by the Nobel Prize in Physics and Chemistry (Grünberg, Fert and Ertl).

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