Electrochemical oxidation of 2-methylnaphthalene-1,4-diacetate

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Cyclic-voltammetric measurements show that 2-methylnaphthalene-1,4-diacetate is electrochemically oxidized on glassy-carbon electrode in glacial acetic acid at +1.45V vs SCE. The process is irreversible and diffusion controlled. Preparative controlled-potential electrolysis indicates that 2-methyl-1,4-naphthoquinone is a sole product. The material and current yields of the process are 94 and 99%, respectively.

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