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Oxidative Decarboxylation

Oxidative Decarboxylation of Carboxylic Acids: Introduction

Oxidative decarboxylation is defined by the loss of carbon dioxide from a carboxylic acid by one-electron oxidation. Reaction of the resulting radical yields an alkene, alkane, acetate or halogenide.


Reactions of this type in which carbon is removed from the molecule are called degradation reactions.

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