Formic Anhydride

Authors

  • Prof. Dr. George A. Olah,

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    1. Hydrocarbon Research Institute, Department of Chemistry University of Southern California University Park, Los Angeles, California 90 007 (USA)
    • Hydrocarbon Research Institute, Department of Chemistry University of Southern California University Park, Los Angeles, California 90007 (USA)
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  • Dr. Yashwant D. Vankar,

    1. Hydrocarbon Research Institute, Department of Chemistry University of Southern California University Park, Los Angeles, California 90 007 (USA)
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  • Massoud Arvanaghi,

    1. Hydrocarbon Research Institute, Department of Chemistry University of Southern California University Park, Los Angeles, California 90 007 (USA)
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  • Prof. Jean Sommer

    1. Institute de Chimie, Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg (France)
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  • Support of our work by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation is gratefully acknowledged, as is a Senior U.S. Scientist Award of the Alexander von Humboldt foundation to G.A.O. facilitating this research.

Abstract

The parent compound of carboxylic anhydrides—formic anhydride—has now been synthesized in ethereal solution at −78° C by four different methods, and charactrized by 1H-NMR, 13C-NMR, and IR spectroscopy. The anhydride undergoes partial decomposition to formic acid on distillation of the solutions, even at low temperature.

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