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Does the oxidation of corboxylic acid produces carbondioxide?

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hoorfatima | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 8, 2010 at 1:31 PM via web

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Does the oxidation of corboxylic acid produces carbondioxide?

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hnystrom | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted July 11, 2010 at 6:14 PM (Answer #1)

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Yes.  Carboxylic acids are a class of compounds with the chemical formula R-COOH. It already has lots of oxygen so the reaction with oxidyzing agents such as bromine tends to break down the caboxyl group -COOH into CO2 and other compounds.  The general equation for such a reactionwould be:

R-COOH + Br2 > R-Br + HBr + CO2

This type of reaction requires a catalyst to facilitate the reaction.

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