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Kolbe electrolysis

Kolbe electolysis or Kolbe reaction is an organic reaction named after Adolph Wilhelm Hermann Kolbe.[1] [2] The Kolbe reaction is formally a decarboxylative dimerisation and proceeds by a radical reaction mechanism.[3]

As an example, electrolysis of acetic acid yields ethane and carbon dioxide:


2CH3· → CH3CH3

See also


  1. ^ Hermann Kolbe (1848). "Zersetzung der Valeriansäure durch den elektrischen Strom". Annalen der Chemie und Pharmacie 64 (3): 339-341. doi:10.1002/jlac.18480640346.
  2. ^ Hermann Kolbe (1849). "Untersuchungen über die Elektrolyse organischer Verbindungen". Annalen der Chemie und Pharmacie 69 (3): 257-372. doi:10.1002/jlac.18490690302.
  3. ^ A. K. Vijh, B. E. Conway (1967). "Electrode Kinetic Aspects of the Kolbe Reaction". Chem. Rev. 67 (6): 623-664. doi:10.1021/cr60250a003.

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