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D. Nematollahi , H. Shayani-Jam
Electrochemical oxidation of 3,5-di-tert-butylcatechol: Synthesis and characterization of the formed ortho-benzoquinhydrone derivative
Electrochemical oxidation of 3,5-di-tert-butylcatechol (1) has been studied in ethanol/water mixtures by means of cyclic voltammetry and controlled-potential coulometry. The results revealed that 3,5-di-tert-butyl-1,2-benenzoquinone (2) derived from oxidation of 3,5-di-tertbutylcatechol participate in noncovalently linked interactions with 1 converted to an ortho-benzoquinhydrone (3). The structure of 3 was characterized by MS, IR, 1H NMR and 13C NMR. The 1H NMR studies reveal that the benzoquinhydrone complex 3 is stabilized by one H-bonding interaction. In thiswork we derived a novel ortho-bezoquinhydrone type complex (3) based on electrochemical oxidation of 3,5-di-tert-butylcatechol at carbon electrode in an undivided cell. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.