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[*] posted on 10-8-2005 at 17:36
succinic acid question?

can ethylene dibromide react with NaCN to form succindinitrile, that could then be hydrolysed to the acid?
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[*] posted on 10-8-2005 at 23:15

Can succinic acid also be formed by oxidising ethylene glycol?
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[*] posted on 11-8-2005 at 02:37


Yes, but I must remind you that such reactions are best carried out in polar aprotic solvents like DMSO.


Ethylene glycol has TWO carbons, whilst succinic acid has FOUR carbons. Does this answer your question? :D

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[*] posted on 11-8-2005 at 08:54

Stygian, do you want to make succinic acid for a specific reason? If so, it seems like a waste of two useful, virtually unbuyable and (in the case of ethylene dibromide) expensive reagents. Buying succinic acid from a brewing/winemaking or alternative photography supplier would seem like a better option.

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[*] posted on 11-8-2005 at 09:36

The library has all the answers. A handful of crazy altruists scanned some books that are actually useful for syntheses, such as Systematic Organic Chemistry.
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