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Dr. Angeles Pulido, Borja Oliver-Tomas, Dr. Michael Renz, Dr. Mercedes Boronat and Prof. Avelino Corma Ketonic Decarboxylation Reaction Mechanism: A Combined Experimental and DFT Study ChemSusChem 6

Version of Record online: 30 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201200419

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This way or that? Monoclinic zirconia has great potential as a catalyst for ketonic decarboxylation of carboxylic acids (see picture). A combined experimental and DFT study shows a route involving a β-keto acid intermediate as the kinetically preferred reaction pathway.

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