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Summary Sheet #8: The Oxidation Ladder

Following up on this post, here’s an attempt at trying to put many of the reactions in organic chemistry in perspective, from the standpoint of oxidation state. Note that there’s a lot of gaps – very little on amines, for instance, and no treatment of epoxides or diols – but I hope that people will find this useful. It was very rewarding to put together. Note that a similarly useful chart organizing molecules by oxidation state can be found here and especially check out Adam’s beautiful chart of organic chemistry oxidation states.

Summary Sheet – the Oxidation Ladder

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