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Development of an Electrolytic System for Non-Kolbe Electrolysis Based on the Acid-Base Reaction between Carboxylic Acids as a Substrate and Solid-Supported Bases

Toshiki Tajima,* Hitoshi Kurihara and Toshio Fuchigami

*Global Edge Institute, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama 226-8502, Japan, and Department of Electronic Chemistry, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama 226-8502, Japan, Email: tajima.t.acm.titech.ac.jp

T. Tajima, H. Kurihara, T. Fuchigami, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2007, 129, 6680-6681.

DOI: 10.1021/ja070283w (free Supporting Information)


Abstract

A novel electrolytic system for non-Kolbe electrolysis based on the acid-base reaction between carboxylic acids and solid-supported bases in MeOH provide the corresponding methoxylated products in excellent yields. The acid-base reaction between carboxylic acids and solid-supported bases preferentially takes place to reduce the cell voltage in MeOH.

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Key Words

Decarboxylation, Ethers, Electrochemistry


ID: J48-Y2007-1700