Electrocarboxylation of Benzyl Halides through Redox Catalysis on the Preparative Scale

Giuseppe Silvestri, Alessandro Galia, Onofrio Scialdone, Onofrio Scialdone, Jean-Noel Verpeaux, Alessandro Galia, Laurent Thouin, Christian Amatore, Giuseppe Silvestri

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The electrocarboxylation of benzyl halides to the corresponding carboxylic acids through homogeneous charge-transfer catalysis was investigated both theoretically and experimentally to determine the influence of the operative parameters on the yield of the process and on the catalyst consumption. Theoretical considerations, based on fast kinetics of redox catalysis, were confirmed by the electrocarboxylation of 1-phenyl-1-chloroethane catalyzed by 1,3-benzenedicarboxylic acid di methyl ester performed at a carbon cathode under different operative conditions. We obtained high yields of the target carboxylic acid and experienced a low catalyst consumption by operating with optimized [RX]bulk/[CO2]bulk and [RX] bulk/[catalyst] ratios.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)7433-7447
Publication statusPublished - 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry
  • General Chemistry

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