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ERIC Number: EJ946466
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of "N"-Phenylsuccinimide
Shell, Thomas A.; Shell, Jennifer R.; Poole, Kathleen A.; Guetzloff, Thomas F.
Journal of Chemical Education, v88 n10 p1439-1441 Oct 2011
A microwave-assisted synthesis of "N"-phenylsuccinimide has been developed for the second-semester organic teaching laboratory. Utilizing this procedure, "N"-phenylsuccinimide can be synthesized in moderate yields (40-60%) by heating a mixture of aniline and succinic anhydride in a domestic microwave oven for four minutes. This technique reduces the reaction time as compared to the traditional synthesis by several hours, which allows the preparation to be achieved in a single organic chemistry laboratory period. This reaction is performed in the absence of solvent, is energy efficient, and is atom economical; therefore, it represents a "greener" preparation than the traditional synthesis of "N"-phenylsuccinimide. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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