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Methods for performing electrochemical nitration reactions

United States Patent

May 11, 2010
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A method for the electrochemical synthesis of dinitro compounds is disclosed. The method comprises using an anode to oxidize an inactive chemical mediator, such as a ferrocyanide (Fe(CN).sub.6.sup.-4) ion, to an active chemical mediator or oxidizing agent, such as a ferricyanide (Fe(CN).sub.6.sup.-3) ion, in the presence of a differential voltage. The oxidizing agent reacts with a nitro compound and a nitrite ion to form a geminal dinitro compound. The anode may continuously oxidize ferrocyanide to regenerate active ferricyanide, thus keeping sufficient amounts of ferricyanide available for reaction.
Lister; Tedd Edward (Idaho Falls, ID), Fox; Robert Vincent (Idaho Falls, ID)
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
11/ 836,009
August 8, 2007
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC07-05ID14517 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.