Electrophilic addition

IB Chemistry: Electrophilic addition

How many chemists from the former Soviet era are known in the West?Vladimir Markovnikov (1838-1904) was a Russian chemist who in 1869, on the basis of little evidence, formulated the rule that when hydrogen halides add to alkenes the hydrogen atom bonds to the carbon atom that already contains the most hydrogen atoms. This is useful for predicting the product but it is not an explanation.The explanation in terms of the...

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