What are redox reactions?

1 Answer
Nov 15, 2016

Redox reactions are reactions which involve formal electron transfer, and a change in oxidation state.


See this old answer, which includes directions to assign oxidation state, and also here for some more direction.

Note that redox reactions introduce electrons as formal reactants (or products) in a reaction. While this is a bit abstract it does seem to work. Note that for structural engineers oxidation of iron and steel structures is inevitable, and something to be prevented (and it's a losing battle!).