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Offline CrimpJiggler

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Kolbe electrolysis - Can you use 2 types of acids?
« on: October 23, 2013, 09:22:00 AM »
Lets say I wanted to make something like this:

I know there are many ways to make this, but I'm wondering if I could make it via a Kolbe electrolysis. I've only heard of Kolbe electrolysis being used for dimerisations, but would it be possible to control the stoichiometry and addition of your reagents in such a way to produce an adduct like this?

If I just added the reagents normally, I'm guessing I'd get a mixture of 3 different products which would drop my yield and be a pain in the ass to seperate, so I'm looking for a way to make the reaction favour my product. And BTW, that compound is just an example, its not what I want to synthesise, I'm just looking into this class of reaction.

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Re: Kolbe electrolysis - Can you use 2 types of acids?
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2013, 02:12:31 PM »
I heard its possible in some cases so you might try it and see. However I think there are better methods if you want to do some kind of unsymetrical compound

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