Correct Answer: Candle Flame

  • Author: ChemViews Magazine
  • Published: 04 December 2015
  • Copyright: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
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Wax is thermally decomposed in the hot parts of the dark zone I of a candle flame. Here no oxygen is available. In the first reaction step, Cā€“C bonds break to produce pairs of hydrocarbon radicals. Overall a variety of reactions takes place, leading to a mixture of smaller, unsaturated aliphatic, alicyclic, and aromatic hydrocarbons.


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