1969 Volume 42 Issue 4 Pages 1047-1051
The anodic methylation of enanthaldehyde, enanthaldehyde diethyl acetal, and 2-octanone was attempted by electrolyzing a mixture of acetic acid, ethanol (or tetrahydrofuran and/or acetone), water, and potassium hydroxide. The major products from the electrolysis of enanthaldehyde consisted of 2-octanone, 1-heptanol, 3-methyl-2-octanone, and enanthaldehyde diethyl acetal. Similar products were isolated from the reaction mixture of enanthaldehyde diethyl acetal. The anodic methylation of 2-octanone gave 3-methyl-2-octanone as a major product. Possible mechanisms of the formation of these ketones were discussed.
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