Does the oxidation of corboxylic acid produces carbondioxide?

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hnystrom eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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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