Publication Date

April 2009

Advisor(s)

Fry, Albert

Major

Chemistry

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

Electrochemical oxidation is a powerful alternative to standard chemical oxidations in that it can often circumvent experimental limitations of synthetic organic chemistry. The goal of this project is to investigate the side chain functionalization of aryl methyl groups via electrochemical oxidation. Anodic oxidations of toluene, 4-chlorotoluene, 2,4-dichlorotoluene, methyl p-toluate, 4, 4'-dimethylbiphenyl, 4,4'-dimethyl-2-nitro-1,1'-biphenyl, N-benzylacetamide, and N-(4-chlorobenzyl)-acetamide were carried out, some under direct oxidation and others via electrocatalysis.

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