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Subject - Organic Chemistry

The process of releasing carbon dioxide from carboxylic acids or their corresponding salts is referred to as decarboxylation. This reaction is difficult to carry out for simple carboxylic acids. However, carboxylic acid derivatives functionalized in α- or β-position are easily decarboxylated.

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Oxidative DecarboxylationLevel 220 min.

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This learning unit deals with the oxidative decarboxylation of carboxylic acids. The mechanisms of both the Hunsdiecker reaction and the Kolbe electrolysis are explained.