Masters Theses

Abstract

"Thermal decarboxylation of carboxylic acids has been helpful in illustrating some fundamentals of reaction kinetics in solution. It has been important in formulation of the theory of unimolecular reactions. It is also used frequently in the synthetical methods of organic chemistry.

In a recent study of the anodic oxidation of malonic acid in sulfuric acid at 80⁰C using a platinum anode, the interpretation of some results was impossible due to the spontaneous decomposition of the malonic acid. As no information is available in the literature about decomposition rates of malonic acid in sulfuric acid at the concentrations used, it was necessary to study this aspect before continuing the anodic oxidation studies.

The purpose of this investigation was to determine reaction rate, order, activation energy, pH effect, and catalytic effect of divalent metal ions on the decarboxylation at higher concentrations (0.5N to 5N) of malonic acid. Hopefully, these data could be used to extend the mechanism proposed by others in the low concentration region or to suggest a mechanism to apply to these higher concentrations"--Introduction, page 1.

Advisor(s)

Conrad, Frank H., 1902-1983

Committee Member(s)

Grice, Harvey H., 1912-1993
Webb, William H.
Baird, Thomas B.

Department(s)

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Chemical Engineering

Sponsor(s)

University of Missouri at Rolla. Department of Chemistry

Publisher

University of Missouri at Rolla

Publication Date

1966

Pagination

viii, 96 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 93-94).

Rights

© 1966 Raghunath R. Khetan, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

File Type

text

Language

English

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Electrodialysis
Decarboxylation
Malonic acid
Unimolecular reactions
Decomposition (Chemistry)

Thesis Number

T 1856

Print OCLC #

5973221

Electronic OCLC #

903950008

Comments

This thesis is missing pages ii (Abstract) and iii (first page of the Table of Contents) due to a tornado which hit the bindery in Topeka, Kansas.

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