chapter  3
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- Valuable Vinylphenols from Rapeseed and Canola: Decarboxylative Pathways

In chemistry, decarboxylation refers to a reaction of carboxylic acids, in which a carbon atom is removed from the carbon chain as carbon dioxide (Scheme 3.1).

Metals, especially copper compounds (Wiley and Smith, 1963), are usually required and such reactions proceed via the intermediates composed of metal carboxylate complexes. Alkylcarboxylic acids and their salts, however, do not always undergo decarboxylation readily (March, 1985).