SYNTHESIS OF ADIPIC ACID FROM CYCLOHEXANOL
Adipic acid is a white crystalline solid used primarily in the manufacture of nylon 6, 6 polymers for fibers and plastics. In this experiment, adipic acid was synthesized in two steps starting from cyclohexanol. Cyclohexanol was first oxidized to cyclohexanone using sodium hypochlorite. The intermediate product cyclohexanone was then further oxidized to adipic acid using hot potassium permanganate. Both steps were oxidation reactions.
RXN-1: Preparation of cyclohexanone
RXN-2: Preparation of Adipic Acid
Table of physical data:
|Compound name |Molecular Weight |Melting point |Boiling point |Density (g/ml) |Physical Properties | | |(g) |(oC) |(oC) | | | |[pic] Cyclohexanol |100.160 |23-25 |161 |0.962 |Colorless, viscous liquid or | | | | | | |sticky solid with a faint camphor | | | | | | |odor. HYGROSCOPIC. | |[pic] |74.442 | | |1.209 | | |NaOCl | | | | | | |[pic] |60.052 |16.6 |117.9 |1.0492 |Colorless liquid or solid with a | |HOAc | | | | |strong vinegar-like odor | |...