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Thermal Decomposition of Certain Benzyl Esters

Naturevolume 199pages484485 (1963) | Download Citation



THE early investigations of Hurd and Blunck1 on the mechanism of the pyrolysis of esters have shown the existence of several decomposition pathways. In recent years, the degradation has been thoroughly examined, and the principal mechanism of the reaction has been shown to be a cis elimination2. However, at the present time, the nature of the secondary reaction mechanisms is not clearly understood.

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    Present address: Louisiana Polytechnic Institute, Ruston, La.


  1. Department of Chemistry, Arlington State College (Texas Agricultural and Mechanical College System), Arlington

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