Kolbe reaction

noun Kol·be reaction \ˈkōlbə-\
variants: or

Kolbe synthesis

Definition of Kolbe reaction

  1. 1 :  the synthesis of a hydrocarbon (as ethane) by the electrolysis of a salt (as sodium acetate)

  2. 2 :  the synthesis of salicylic acid by heating a mixture of sodium phenoxide and carbon dioxide under pressure at 180° to 200° C

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Origin and Etymology of kolbe reaction

after A. W. Hermann Kolbe †1884 German organic chemist

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