Alkadienes are organic compounds that contain two carbon-carbon double bonds in their molecular structure. The term "alka" refers to the presence of hydrocarbons, while "diene" indicates the presence of two double bonds. These compounds can be classified as either conjugated or non-conjugated dienes based on the arrangement of the double bonds.

Conjugated dienes have their double bonds adjacent to each other, separated by a single bond, while non-conjugated dienes have at least one methylene group (-CH2-) separating the double bonds. The presence and positioning of these double bonds can significantly affect the chemical and physical properties of alkadienes, including their reactivity, stability, and spectral characteristics.

Alkadienes are important intermediates in various chemical reactions and have applications in the production of polymers, pharmaceuticals, and other industrial products. However, they can also be produced naturally by some plants and microorganisms as part of their metabolic processes.