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Electrochemical Deoxygenation of Primary Alcohols

Kevin Lam, István E. Markó*

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

K. Lam, I. E. Markő, Synlett, 2012, 23, 1235-1239.

DOI: 10.1055/s-0031-1290778


Direct electrolysis of primary alcohols leads smoothly to the formation of the corresponding deoxygenated product in high yield in the presence of methyl toluate.

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Organic electrosynthesis using toluates as simple and versatile radical precursors

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

Key Words

deoxygenation, electrochemical, esters, reduction, free radicals, electrochemistry

ID: J60-Y2012-1460