Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1983, 48, 1729-1733

Pyrolysis of 2-acetoxycarboxylic acids

Ján Galoci, Miloš Procházka and Eva Klinotová

Department of Organic Chemistry, Charles University, 128 40 Prague 2


The pyrolysis of 2-acetoxycarboxylic acids may be described by the competing reactions R1R2C.(OCOCH3)COOH → (a) R1R2CO + CH3COOH + CO; (b) R1R2CO + CH3CHO + CO2; (c) CH3COOH + unsaturated acid. The formation of a carbonyl compound is the general character of the pyrolysis of this group of substances.