Date of Award
Union College Only
Bachelor of Science
The study of electrolytic reactions of organic compounds was first attempted soon after the discovery of the electrolysis if water in 1800. These reactions were not used in synthesis until after 1847 when Kolbe discovered that aliphatic acids. The field has greatly increased since then, and it is now possible to carry out synthesis by electrolytic reduction, oxidation, cathodic coupling, anodic coupling, and substitution. It was the purpose of this work to attempt one mixed Kolbe reaction and analyze its products qualitatively not quantitatively. If time permitted, quantitative analysis would be attempted.
Gilbert, Richard John, "A study of the Kolbe electrolysis using mixed mono-ethyl glutarate and mono-ethyl malonate" (1965). Honors Theses. 1935.