# Reaction of fumaric acid and performic acid

Performic acid ($\ce{CH2O3}$) has strong oxidizing properties. So when it reacts with fumaric acid, is this the product (2,3-dihydroxybutanedioic acid) that I should expect?

• My first thought would be epoxidation, but I don't suppose dihydroxylation is out of the question. – orthocresol Sep 3 '16 at 8:31
• Peracids usually epxydize compounds with C-C double bonds – szentsas Sep 3 '16 at 9:54
• Wiki claims that performic acid is capable of "epoxidation, hydroxylation and oxidation reactions". – DHMO Sep 3 '16 at 11:33
• Do the three double bonds in fumaric acid help to stabilize the fumaric acid by interactions of the π-bonds? If so, does this affect which product is preferred? – DHMO Sep 3 '16 at 11:37