The electrochemical fluorination of acetyl fluoride

D. J. Wasser, P. S. Johnson, F. W. Klink, F. Kucera, Chung Chiun Liu

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The electrochemical fluorination of acetyl fluoride in anhydrous hydrogen fluoride to produce trifluoroacetyl fluoride was investigated in a microprocessor-aided modified Simons' reactor. The product was recovered in acetic acid as trifluoroacetic acid. The experiments were carried out at a controlled anodic potential using a Cu/CuF2 reference electrode. Product yields of 36 - 45%, current efficiencies of 30 to 50% and energy efficiencies of 11 - 23% were obtained. Experimental results of this investigation are presented and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)557-569
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Fluorine Chemistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 1987


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