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Functions of Oxidizing and Reducing Agents

The main function of oxidising agents is to bring about the oxidation of desired material. Similarly, reducing agents are required to bring about the reduction of desired material in the laboratory. The choice of the oxidising agent/reducing agents to be used depends upon the nature of the material to be oxidised or reduced. The reduction half reactions of some important oxidising agents are given in Table 30.2. Similarly, the oxidation half reactions of some important reducing agents are given in Table 30.3.

 

Table 30.2. Reduction Half Equations for Some Oxidising Agents

Table 30.3 Oxidation Half Reactions of Some Reducing Agents