RE: ORGLIST: Oxidation States of Carbon

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From: Dr. Michael Fassbender (mifa$##$nac.ac.za)
Date: Wed Aug 05 1998 - 01:55:27 EDT


|I hope I'm not missing the question but cellulose is essentially
|(CH2O)n. Is there something I don't get?

Right, and this results in an effective C oxidation state of zero !

Examples:

methane: CH4 (state -4)
methanol: CH3OH (state -2)
methanal: HCHO (state 0)
methanic acid: HCOOH (state +2)

Cheers,

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