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Kolbe electolysis or Kolbe reaction is an organic reaction named after Adolph Wilhelm Hermann Kolbe.  The Kolbe reaction is formally a decarboxylative dimerisation and proceeds by a radical reaction mechanism.
CH3COOH → CH3COO− → CH3COO· → CH3· + CO2
2CH3· → CH3CH3
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