Kolbe electrolysis

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Kolbe electolysis or Kolbe reaction is an organic reaction named after Adolph Wilhelm Hermann Kolbe. The Kolbe reaction is formally a decarboxylative dimerisation and proceeds by a radical reaction mechanism.

As an example, electrolysis of acetic acid yields ethane and carbon dioxide:

CH3COOH → CH3COO → CH3COO· → CH3· + CO2

2CH3· → CH3CH3

See also

References

  1. Electrode Kinetic Aspects of the Kolbe Reaction A. K. Vijh, B. E. Conway; Chem. Rev.; 1967; 67(6); 623-664.

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