Radiation-induced catalysis of fatty acids adsorbed onto clay minerals
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We studied the behavior of small fatty (acetic acid) and dicarboxylic acids (succinic and malonic acids) adsorbed onto Na+-montmorillonite (a clay mineral) and exposed to gamma radiation. A decarboxylation reaction was found to predominate when the clay was present. This preferential synthesis promoted the formation of a compound with one less carbon atom than its target compound. In the system without clay, dimerization was the predominate outcome following radiolysis.
KeywordsClay Carboxylic acids Decarboxylation Gamma radiation
This work was partially supported by a PAPIIT grant IN110712-3 and the CONACyT Grant No. 168579/11. The technical support from C. Camargo, B. Leal, and F. Garcia-Flores is acknowledged. The authors gratefully appreciate the suggestions of the anonymous referees.
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