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Which of the following is not formed during Kolbe's electrolysis of potassium propanoate?


A
C4H10
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B
C2H5COOC2H5
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C
CH3COOC2H5
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D
(CH3CH2CO)2O2
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Solution

The correct option is D $$(CH_{3}CH_{2}CO)_{2}O_{2 }$$
The Kolbe's electrolysis is the electrochemical oxidative decarboxylation of carboxylic acid salts. During Kolbe's electrolysis, potassium propanoate $$C_{2}H_{5}COOK$$ forms butane, ethyl propionate $$C_{2}H_{5}COOC_{2}H_{5}$$ and ethyl acetate $$CH_{3}COOC_{2}H_{5}$$. However, $$(CH_{3}CH_{2}CO)_{2}O_{2 }$$ is not formed in the reaction.

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