Ozonolysis is a chemical reaction in which ozone (O3) is used as an oxidizing agent to convert alkene and alkyne functional groups into organic compounds containing carbonyl groups. It is a useful method for the selective oxidation of organic compounds and is considered to be a green oxidation route because it uses ozone, a molecule composed of oxygen atoms, which is more environmentally friendly than many other commonly used oxidizing agents. In addition, the by-products of the reaction, which are typically alcohols, are much less toxic than those produced by other oxidation methods.
In April 2010 Vapourtec announced early trials being carried out as a collaboration between the Gavriilidis and Motherwell labs at University College London.Vapourtec Ozonolysis PDF
The Vapourtec R Series system with a cooled reactor was used as shown below.