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1. (WO2015048167) MOLTEN CARBOXYLATE ELECTROLYTES FOR ELECTROCHEMICAL DECARBOXYLATION PROCESSES

Pub. No.:    WO/2015/048167    International Application No.:    PCT/US2014/057273
Publication Date: Fri Apr 03 01:59:59 CEST 2015 International Filing Date: Thu Sep 25 01:59:59 CEST 2014
IPC: C25B 9/00
C25B 15/08
C25B 15/02
Applicants: CERAMATEC, INC.
Inventors: MOSBY, James
BHAVARAJU, Sai
Title: MOLTEN CARBOXYLATE ELECTROLYTES FOR ELECTROCHEMICAL DECARBOXYLATION PROCESSES
Abstract:
Molten salt electrolytes are described for use in electrochemical synthesis of hydrocarbons from carboxylic acids. The molten salt electrolyte can be used to synthesize a wide variety of hydrocarbons with and without functional groups that have a broad range of applications. The molten salt can be used to synthesize saturated hydrocarbons, diols, alkylated aromatic compounds, as well as other types of hydrocarbons. The molten salt electrolyte increases the selectivity, yield, the energy efficiency and Coulombic efficiency of the electrochemical conversion of carboxylic acids to hydrocarbons while reducing the cell potential required to perform the oxidation.