Oxidation is a synthetic tool used to manufacture many products. There are a variety of oxidizing agents used in industrial processes, for example, nitric acid, chlorine and hydrogen peroxide.
Nitric acid is a strong oxidizing agent that is used to convert aromatic alkyl groups to carboxylic acids and alcohols into carbonyl compounds.
Chlorine’s industrial applications include the production of a variety of intermediates such as vinyl chloride, chlorobenzenes, epichlorohydrin, and alkyl halides such as methyl chloride and propyl chloride. Chlorine is also used in the production of bleaching products such as sodium hypochlorite.