Hydrothermal decarboxylation of pentafluorobenzoic acid and quinolinic acid

Jie Fu, Phillip E. Savage, Xiuyang Lu

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We report herein the first kinetics studies of hydrothermal decarboxylation of a fully halogenated benzoic acid and a heterocyclic aromatic diacid. Decarboxylation was the only reaction path observed, and there was no evidence of dehalogenation. Experiments at different initial reactant concentrations and different batch holding times revealed that both compounds exhibited first-order kinetics. Experiments at different temperatures showed that the first-order rate constants displayed Arrhenius behavior with activation energies of 157 kJ mol-1 for pentafluorobenzoic acid decarboxylation and 141 kJ mol -1 for quinolinic acid decarboxylation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10467-10471
Number of pages5
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number23
StatePublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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