it not possible to convert cis-2-butene into trans -2-butene?

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  • DrBob1
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Just expose it to a hydrogenation catalyst like Pd/C.

  • Mike A
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Yes it is possible but you will get a mixture of the two products in the examples I can think of. For example:

    Cis + HBr ------> CH3CH2CH(Br)CH3

    CH3CH2CH(Br)CH3 + KOH -----------> Cis + Trans

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