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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.

Original publication

DOI

10.1039/b007037h

Type

Journal article

Journal

Chemical Communications

Publication Date

07/01/2001

Pages

87 - 88