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20. Carboxylic Acid Derivatives:NAS

Decarboxylation Mechanism

Lets say you want to get rid of a carboxylic acid. Is it possible? Yes, but under certain circumstances. Let's see when that is. 

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General Mechanism

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Predict the correct structure

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Provide the mechanism for the following reaction.

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Which carbonyl group will undergo decarboxylation most readily?