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The electro-oxidation of water-immiscible liquid aliphatic acids (RCO2H) leading to decarboxylation to afford a hyrocarbon (R-R) may be achieved using an emulsion formed via insonation so that the organic phase continuously extracts the products; in complete contrast to conventional monophasic electrolyses, the type and yield of products obtained from this biphasic Kolbe electrolysis are independent of the electrode material used.

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Journal article


Chemical Communications

Publication Date



87 - 88