99.9% Dimethylpropanoic (CH3)3CCO2H

Dimethylpropanoic is a carboxylic acid with a molecular formula of (CH3)3CCO2H. This colourless, odiferous organic compound is solid at room temperature. Industrial route Pivalic acid is prepared by"hydrocarboxylation"of isobutene via the Koch reaction: (CH3)2C=CH2 + CO + H2O →...

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Dimethylpropanoic is a carboxylic acid with a molecular formula of (CH3)3CCO2H. This colourless, odiferous organic compound is solid at room temperature.
Industrial route
Pivalic acid is prepared by"hydrocarboxylation"of isobutene via the Koch reaction:
(CH3)2C=CH2 + CO + H2O → (CH3)3CCO2H
Such reactions require an acid catalyst such as hydrogen fluoride. tert-Butyl alcohol and isobutyl alcohol can also be used in place of isobutene. Globally, several million kilograms are produced annually. Pivalic acid is also economically recovered as a by-product from the production of semi-synthetic penicillins like ampicillin and amoxycillin.

Laboratory methods
It was originally prepared by the oxidation of pinacolone with chromic acid and by the hydrolysis of tert-butyl cyanide. Convenient laboratory routes proceed via t-butyl chloride via carbonation of the Grignard reagent and by oxidation of pinacolone.

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