Date of Award

6-1966

Document Type

Union College Only

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Chemistry

Language

English

Abstract

The synthesis of diphenyl from benzoic acid was accomplished by the Kolbe electrolysis. The complete inhibition, as found in aqueous solvents, was thus overcome by using the non-aqueous solvents, was thus overcome by using the non-aqueous mixture of pyridine and diethylamine. However, the yield was not sufficient to warrant consideration of the Kolbe electrolysis as a synthetic method, until improvements are made. Suggestions were offered for the possible increase in the yield of diphenyl. Should reasonably high yields be achieved, the method could be applied to the synthesis of substituted diphenyls.

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