Water-promoted One-step Anodic Acetoxylation of Benzene to Phenyl Acetate with High Selectivity
- Received Date: 2010-11-27
Abstract: One-step anodic acetoxylation of benzene to phenyl acetate was studied in acetic acid-water solution using a one-compartment electrochemical cell in galvanostatic mode. Compared to the anhydrous system, the addition of water improved the current efficiency for the electro-synthesis of phenyl acetate. The maximum efficiency reached 4.8% with the selectivity of 96% to phenyl acetate when the electrolysis was carried out under the optimal conditions. The investigation also indicated that the concentration of phenyl acetate increased linearly in 12 h and reached 1.07 g/L with the selectivity of 95%. Cyclic voltammetry experiments showed that the adsorption of benzene at Pt anode enhanced by the addition of water was critical to the formation of phenyl acetate. An activated benzene mechanism was proposed for the anodic acytoxylation, and the analysis of gas products demonstrated that Kolbe reaction was the main side reaction.
|Citation:||Juan Pei, Song Qin, Gui-ying Li, Chang-wei Hu. Water-promoted One-step Anodic Acetoxylation of Benzene to Phenyl Acetate with High Selectivity[J]. Chinese Journal of Chemical Physics , 2011, 24(2): 244-248. doi: 10.1088/1674-0068/24/02/244-248|