Alkynes, unlike alkanes are unstable and very reactive. This gives rise to the intense heat of the acetylene flame used in welding.
Alkynes also readily polymerise, like alkenes.
Obtainment of an alkyne
We start from a dihalogenized substance.
H H H | | | H - C - C - C - H | | | H Cl Cl
If we add NaOH to this, it will dissociate into Na+ and OH-. Na+ will not react, but OH- will pull off an electron from the substance.
- 1st possibility
OH- / Cl- H Cl H H H-OH H | | | | | | | - H - C - C - C - H ---> H - C - C - C - H ---> H - C - C - C - H | | | | | | | - H Cl H H H-OH H \\ Cl- OH-
- 2nd possibility
OH- OH- H-OH \\ / H-OH H H H H | | | | | | - H - C - C - C - H ---> H - C - C - C - H ---> H - C - C - H | | | | | | - H Cl Cl H Cl- Cl-