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Electrochemically Supported Deoxygenation of Epoxides into Alkenes in Aqueous Solution

Jing-Mei Huang*, Zhi-Quan Lin and Dong-Song Chen

*School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, Guangdong, 510640, China, Email:

J.-M. Huang, Z.-Q. Lin, D.-S. Chen, Org. Lett., 2012, 14, 22-25.

DOI: 10.1021/ol2026944

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Electrolysis using an undivided cell fitted with a pair of zinc electrodes in a mixture of saturated aqueous NH4Br and tetrahydrofuran enables an efficient synthesis of alkenes from epoxides. The reaction is mediated by Zn(0) with a hierarchically organized nanostructure.

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Key Words

Alkenes, Electrochemistry

ID: J54-Y2012-0010