A. Leostandly*, S. Antony Sakthi, Dr. N. Xavier
Department of Chemistry, St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappalli-620 002, Tamilnadu, India.
A B S T R A C T
Benzyl alcohol is a naturally occurring organic compound and its alkoxy derivatives find Enormous applications in the industrial sectors as a solvent, preservative and degreasing agents. The electrochemical oxidations such as hydroxylation, acetylation, halogenations have been exhaustively studied for the past five decades. The literature survey revealed that only a limited research work has done on the electrochemical alkoxylation of benzyl alcohol. Hence the present work focused on the electro synthetic studies of benzyl alcohol on both platinum and graphite anodes. The polarization studies were carried out as on pre-analytical tool electro synthesis. The electrochemical ethoxylation of benzyl alcohol yielded 2-ethoxy benzyl alcohol which was duely evidenced by the conventional spectral techniques like IR and UV, based on the earlier work a proable ECEC-mechanism was proposed.
Keywords: Electro synthesis ethoxy benzyl alcohol, ethoxylation, platinum as anode, polarization studies