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1. Naming and Drawing

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In the first mini-lecture, Dr Shane Lo Fan Hin introduces alkenes by first giving the key characteristics of an alkene, as well as the general formula. the structures of simple alkenes you might encounter. Here the C=C double bond is shown in molecules of ethene, propene, butene, pentene, as well as structural and stereoisomers of butene. We then move on to some of the reactions you will come across with alkenes in your studies, such as the reactions with hydrogen halides, halogens, hydrogen, and the oxidation of alkenes as well.


In this short course, Dr Shane Lo Fan Hin (University of Sussex) introduces alkenes: organic compounds which contain a C=C double bond. We begin by: (i) their formulas, discussing how they can be made, and some of their reactions; then (ii) looking at cracking of alkanes into smaller alkanes and alkenes; before finally (iii) looking at how alkenes can polymerise via addition polymerisation.


Dr. Lo Fan Hin has been teaching organic chemistry at the University of Sussex for the past 10 years. Since then, he has won the Excellence in Teaching Award - both university and student-led - four times since working there. In 2021, he was promoted to senior lecturer, and continues to teach across many different fields and modules in organic chemistry.

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Lo Fan Hin, S. (2022, January 18). Alkenes - Naming and Drawing [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Lo Fan Hin, Shane. "Alkenes – Naming and Drawing." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 18 Jan 2022,

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