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Highly Efficient Electrocatalytic Carboxylation of 1-Phenylethyl Chloride at Cu Foam Cathode

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Anhui Province Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic and Magnetism Functional Materials, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Anqing Normal University, Anqing 246011, China
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Shanghai Key Laboratory of Green Chemistry and Chemical Processes, School of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China
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Catalysts 2018, 8(7), 273; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal8070273
Received: 11 June 2018 / Revised: 1 July 2018 / Accepted: 2 July 2018 / Published: 6 July 2018
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Abstract

A simple and efficient electrocatalytic carboxylation of benzyl chloride with CO2 is described. The reaction operates under 1 atm CO2 and room temperature in an undivided cell with Cu foam cathode and Mg sacrificial anode without any additional catalyst. For the model compound 1-phenylethyl chloride, the influence of cathode material, solvent, charge, current density and temperature were investigated. Under optimized conditions, 99% yield of 2-phenylpropionic acid could be obtained. Moreover, reasonable yields were also achieved with other benzyl chlorides. View Full-Text
Keywords: electrocatalytic; carboxylation; carbon dioxide; benzyl chlorides; Cu foam electrocatalytic; carboxylation; carbon dioxide; benzyl chlorides; Cu foam
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Wu, L.-X.; Sun, Q.-L.; Yang, M.-P.; Zhao, Y.-G.; Guan, Y.-B.; Wang, H.; Lu, J.-X. Highly Efficient Electrocatalytic Carboxylation of 1-Phenylethyl Chloride at Cu Foam Cathode. Catalysts 2018, 8, 273.

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