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Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (BKCS)

ISSN 0253-2964(Print)
ISSN 1229-5949(Online)
Volume 8, Number 5
May 20, 1987 

Reaction Conditions and Mechanism of Electrolytic Reduction of Dibenzoylmethane
Sung Chul Kang, Jung-Kyoon Chon*
Electrochemical reduction of dibenzoylmethane was studied on mercury electrode by means of cyclic voltammetry, polarography and potentiostatic measurements in ethanol-water system. In acidic solutions monomeric pinacol was produced by irreversible two-electron process while monomeric and dimeric pinacol were competitively produced by the same process in neutral solution. However, in basic solution the dimeric pinacol was mostly produced through radical by irreversible one-electron transefer process. Mechanisms of the reduction of dibenzoylmethane are deduced from Tafel slope, pH dependance and reaction order with respect to the concentration of dibenzoylmethane in the solution of various pH.
414 - 418
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