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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?

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    $\begingroup$ My first thought would be epoxidation, but I don't suppose dihydroxylation is out of the question. $\endgroup$ – orthocresol Sep 3 '16 at 8:31
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    $\begingroup$ Peracids usually epxydize compounds with C-C double bonds $\endgroup$ – szentsas Sep 3 '16 at 9:54
  • $\begingroup$ Wiki claims that performic acid is capable of "epoxidation, hydroxylation and oxidation reactions". $\endgroup$ – DHMO Sep 3 '16 at 11:33
  • $\begingroup$ 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? $\endgroup$ – DHMO Sep 3 '16 at 11:37

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