Carbon Kinetic Isotope Effects and the Mechanisms of Acid-Catalyzed Decarboxylation of 2,4-Dimethoxybenzoic Acid and CO2 Incorporation into 1,3-Dimethoxybenzene.


The rate of decarboxylation of 2,4-dimethoxybenzoic acid (1) is accelerated in parallel to the extent that the carboxyl group acquires a second proton (1H+). However, the conjugate acid would resist C-C bond breaking as that would lead to formation of doubly protonated CO2. An alternative via formation of a higher-energy protonated phenyl tautomer (2H… (More)
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b07504


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