Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1991, 56, 398-405

Cw CO2 laser driven oxidation of some perhalogenocycloalkenes

Josef Polaa, Jaroslav Včeláka and Zdeněk Chvátalb

a Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals, Czecoslovak Academy of Sciences, 165 02 Prague 6
b Department of Organic Chemistry, Prague Institute of Chemical Technology, 166 28 Prague 6


The title reaction of hexafluorocyclobutene, 1,2-dichloro-3,3,4,4-tetrafluorocyclobutene and decafluorocyclohexene studied at total pressure 13.3 and 16 kPa yield oxalyl halides COX.COX (X = F, Cl) and C2F4 that undergo consecutive reactions to COF2, CO and X2. The oxidation of decafluorocyclohexene is preceded by retro-Diels-Alder decomposition affording hexafluorocyclobutene and C2F4. Two alternative mechanisms for the oxidation of the cyclobutenes are presented, one involving a novel cleavage of intermediary bicyclic dioxetanes. The decomposition of oxalyl fluoride into COF2 and CO is favored over its oxidation.