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Organic electrosynthesis using toluates as simple and versatile radical precursors

Kevin Lam and István E. Markó

*Département de Chimie, Bâtiment Lavoisier, Université catholique de Louvain, Place Louis Pasteur, 1, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, Email:

K. Lam, I. E. Markó, Chem. Commun., 2009, 95-97.

DOI: 10.1039/b813545b


An efficient and economical electrolysis of toluate esters leads smoothly to the corresponding deoxygenated alcohols while a wide variety of functionalities are tolerated. In contrast to previous methods, unstable xanthates, expensive metals and toxic co-solvents are no longer required.

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Key Words

deoxygenations, green chemistry, electrochemistry

ID: JXX-Y2009-0020