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uemura

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Electrochemical Reduction of Nitrostyrenes
« on: August 31, 2000, 04:06:00 AM »
We all heard about or use the modern reduction using LiAlH4, NaBH4 or ones using PdCl2.

Uemura comes up with this thread to bring again attention to procedures, 70ty years old and more, when the first pioneers attempted to reduce the nitro-styrenes to the corresponding amines. All the stuff used should be OTC.

The following is from the paper mentioned in uemuras thread oon 'routes to the 3,4,5trimethoxyphenylethylamine' from 'Journal fuer Praktische Chemie (Vol 137) from the year 1933. Authors K. H. Slotta and G. Szyszka'. Uemura felt free to take the translation (by Dwarfer) available at Rhod's page and corrected some missing thingies and typos. The diagram is now included which seems to be essential.

The authors said: The electrolytical reduction of the corresponding nitro-styrol can be performed in all these cases with high yields if the conditions are choosen properly. The reason that all the valuable <<sic!>> phenyl-ethyl-amines haven't been exclusivly produced via this most simple method is: the yield is highly sensitive to the technical performance of the experiment.



A) Equipment for electrolytic reduction

An anode cell (Z) - a porous cell of Haldenwanger porcellain - was placed in a filter assembly of 500 ccm (F) volume. The anode had measurements of 75mm x 160mm with a 70mm wide glazed edge that prevented the drawing-up and smearing of the liquid to be reduced.

To the anode cell was added a solution of 25ccm concentrated sulfuric acid in 175ccm water. The anode used was lead or carbon rod and was enclosed in a tightly wound, glass spiral cooler. The water in this was conducted to the outer container to help cool the inner tube. By regulating the cooling water it was possible to keep the whole reduction solutionfor the first six hours at 20 degrees Celsius. In the last hours the temperature was allowed to rise to 40 degrees Celsius, to get a nearly quantitative course of the reduction.

The outer container contained a cathode (K) - a lead sheet (200mm x 90mm x 2mm), which before each experiment was coated electrolytically using diluted sulfuric acid, with lead superoxide.

B) Reduction

A solution of 30g 3,4,5-trimethoxy-beta-nitrostyrene in 100ccm glacial acetic acid and 100ccm ethanol was mixed with 50ccm concentrated hydrochloric acid and added to the cathode container. The anode cell was filled with dilute sulfuric acid to the outer level of the cathode cell. Now a current of 5 to 6 amps was passed through the equipment for 12 hours, so that the current density was about 3 amps.

After the finished reduction, the contents of the cathode cell was filtered and dried under vacuum. The remainder was then dissolved in 300ccm water. Any remaining unchanged nitrostyrene was removed by twice shaking it out with ethyl acetate. The ester in the solution was then removed by shaking out once with diethyl ether.

The liquid thus obtained of chloride of mescaline was then put in a separating funnel which had ether added. The amine was freed with a cold concentrated solution of 100g technical sodium hydroxide. The solution obtained, after extracting four times with ether, was dried with calcium carbonate and the amine precipitated with dry hydrochloric acid gas.

After twice dissolving in absolute, dry, non-denatured alcohol, completely pure mescalin hydrochlorid*xH2O was obtained as white leafs with a melting point of 184 degrees Celsius and a yield of 24g (77.3%)


Now some points for discussion:

1) has any bee performed this electrolytical reduction in the described or in any similar form. Report on the experiences are welcome.
2) 'porous cell of Haldenwanger porcellain': what could be used for that, a pourous clay pot? (swim has such a pot which he fills with water and grows orchids on the outside of the pot)
3) Could the glas spiral cooler be replaced with a PVC-tubing cooler?
3) What the opinion of the electrochemical bee-expert. Why is nobody using the above procedure (there are almost nil post on the hive)

Let's start a discussion! The above procedure seems really bee simple!  Lets find the proper conditions where it works!

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Sonson

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Re: electrochemical reduction using lead
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2000, 12:14:00 AM »
It is certainly a very appeling route, but the problem is the mebrane. There are membranes available, like nafion, which is ion-selective, but the question is if they're resistant to the HAc/H2SO4/EtOH mix. Modern membranes comes in sheetform also, making the apparatus design a bit more complicated aswell.
The cooling can probably be done with a PVC tube, but the problem is that PVC is very insulating compared to a glass tubing, but I doubt that is a problem...

halfapint

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Re: electrochemical reduction using lead
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2000, 12:58:00 PM »
That is a splendid approach, uemura. The big argument these days is whether the anode must bee pure platinum, as Strike urges, or silver! Mercury is used in one variant, but there is a quasi-religious backlash against this element. It's now pretty clear that lead, or graphite, will give yields comparable to the high-flung theoretical speculations with four-digit calculations of electrochemical overvoltages, oui? I'd like to try palladized graphite, myself, partly because it's what I have available. This approach calls for too much individual tinkering to be popular, because it hasn't been standardized into a formula. Strike made a great advancement in suggesting the sheep gut condom for the membrane, but clay flower pots with the drain hole sealed are the alternative. This particular publication gives the unique contribution of its externally-cooled anode; such fancy glass blowing is not stylish, but plastic tubing, of vinyl or LDPE, would serve as well. Good one.


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uemura

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Re: electrochemical reduction using lead
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2000, 12:25:00 AM »

but there is a quasi-religious backlash against this element. It's now pretty clear that lead, or graphite, will give yields comparable to the high-flung theoretical speculations with four-digit calculations of electrochemical overvoltages, oui?


Well spoken, halfapint. It really looks not many bees fly around using lead. At the beginning of last century up to the 40ties, many researches did the reduction to the amin with a similar apparatus as the one shown above.

Uemura thinks he will jump into this experiment when he gets the lead from the divers shop. 2kg for 15$. Gives lot of metal to melt and to make nice anodes/cathodes.



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Re: electrochemical reduction using lead
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2000, 08:08:00 PM »
Dear Uemura!
Yesterday as I was digging out my potato crop an idea occured to me that, I gather, may be of interest to you. It's about the membrane for your electrolytic reduction. Take some dry CaSO4 powder, mix it intimately with some (about 20-30 % by weight, i'd guess) fine Al powder (it is used as paint filler), add water and make a thin-walled glass of this mass. When CaSO4 solidifies put your membrane-to-be in conc. soln. of NaOH, Al will dissolve and create precisely those fine pores we're looking for. In case Al powder is unavailable, you can always use smth. like electrolytic iron/HCl or - well, i guess, there are many variants. In any case, CaSO4 is inert to anything. However, this is only a theoretical proposition and, most importantly, proportions of CaSO4/Al should be established experimentally for the best performance of the membrane.

Good luck, Uemura, I will join you by the end of February!

uemura

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Re: electrochemical reduction using lead
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2000, 12:27:00 AM »
Hi Antoncho,
your idea for preparing a membran this way is new to Uemura. He thinks however to make it work (thickness, mounting, etc.) needs a lot of experimentation.

Uemura found in the meantime an hopefully appropiate device for the inner container. It is an unglazed growing pot for orchids. The anode he is going to construct will not be cooled from the outside, but from the inside. Ha! a very clever idea if it works. 


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foxy2

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Re: electrochemical reduction using lead
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2000, 07:56:00 PM »
What are your thoughts on a power source??
Will a conventional automotive battery charger work?
Will it generate too much power?
Is a 2amp load way too much?

uemura

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Re: electrochemical reduction using lead
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2000, 02:19:00 AM »
uemura has around a dc variable power supply (these thingies you can buy in electronic shops). The one uemura has allows adjustements for voltage and/or current. Costs should be about 50$ or so.
the electrochmical projects has seezed at the moment due to real-world overload. Hope to activate it end of the year.

Osmium

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Re: electrochemical reduction using lead
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2000, 12:50:00 PM »
> Will a conventional automotive battery charger work?
> Will it generate too much power?

They deliver more than 12V, and any excess current is converted into heat in the electrolysis cell which has to be removed by cooling. This is bad. At least use an old computer power supply (which delivers quite a lot of amperage). Or a regulated power supply. This allows for fine tuning, like current density etc.

> Is a 2amp load way too much?

In most refs no voltage is named, only the amount of Ampères, Faradays or current density. That's the reason why: current is regulated by the resistance of the electrolysis solution and the membrane, and the distance and size of the electrodes. So that question doesn't make much sense. By varying those parameters you can tweak a less-than prefect power supply into something that works, but it's always better to have a real regulatable power supply.

Unobtainium

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Re: electrochemical reduction using lead
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2000, 01:36:00 PM »
You might want to double check that power supply you found. I don't think one costing $50 (new) would be very suitable. A decent regulated variable supply should cost several hundred dollars.





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Osmium

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Re: electrochemical reduction using lead
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2000, 03:58:00 PM »
I had one for less than 100$, complete with 2 digital meters for current and voltage, regulatable between 0-3A and 0-30V, so that price is possible.

Unobtainium

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Re: electrochemical reduction using lead
« Reply #11 on: October 01, 2000, 04:23:00 PM »
I wish I knew where you bought your power supplies from. My 0-18v/0-3A variable cost over $300.





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Osmium

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Re: electrochemical reduction using lead
« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2000, 03:18:00 AM »
www.conrad.com is one of the best sources for electronic equipment I know of. At least for Euro bees.

That power supply was bought at a local shop. No way I will tell you bees where I live  ;)

Rhodium

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Electrochemical Nitrostyrene Reduction
« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2004, 02:50:00 PM »
The article mentioned and partially translated in

Post 47461

(uemura: "Electrochemical Reduction of Nitrostyrenes", Novel Discourse)


Über -Phenyl-äthylamine. III. Neue Darstellung von Mescalin
K. H. Slotta & G. Szyszka

J. Prakt. Chem. 137, 339-350 (1933)

(https://www.thevespiary.org/rhodium/Rhodium/pdf/mescaline.slotta-szyszka.pdf)


Rhodium

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More German Mescaline Chemistry
« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2004, 06:43:00 AM »
Here are the other parts in the same series:

Über -Phenyl-äthylamine. I. Mescalin und Mescalin-ähnliche Substanzen.
K. H. Slotta & H. Heller

Chem. Ber. 63, 3029-3044 (1930)

(https://www.thevespiary.org/rhodium/Rhodium/pdf/mescaline.slotta-heller.pdf)

Über -Phenyl-äthylamine. II. Eine Neue Tyramin-Synthese
K. H. Slotta & W. Altner, Chem. Ber. 64, 1510-1520 (1931)
Posted in

Post 477747

(lugh: "Tyramine Preparations", Chemicals & Equipment)


Über -Phenyl-äthylamine. IV. Darstellung von -[Amino-phenyl]-äthylaminen.
K. H. Slotta & G. Szyszka

Chem. Ber. 68, 184-192 (1935)

(https://www.thevespiary.org/rhodium/Rhodium/pdf/pea-4.slotta-szyszka.pdf)

...and here the poor chemists are flamed by a colleague for saying in Part 3 above that their synthesis of mescaline was better than his...  ::)

Synthese des Mescalins (Entgegnung auf die "Berichtigung" von K.H. Slotta und G. Szyszka)
Georg Hahn

Chem. Ber. 67, 1210-1211 (1934)

(https://www.thevespiary.org/rhodium/Rhodium/pdf/mescaline-flame.pdf)

Here are his own contributions to mescaline chemistry - you can judge yourself:

Über -[Oxy-phenyl]-äthylamine und Ihre Umwandlungen. I. Synthese des Mescalins.
Georg Hahn und H. Wassmuth

Chem. Ber. 67, 696-708 (1934)

(https://www.thevespiary.org/rhodium/Rhodium/pdf/mescaline-hahn.pdf)
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Über -[Oxy-phenyl]-äthylamine und Ihre Umwandlungen. II.
Synthese weiterer Amine und der entsprechenden [Oxy-phenyl]-essigsäuren aus naürlichen Allylverbindungen.

Georg Hahn und Otto Schales

Chem. Ber. 67, 1486-1493 (1934)

(https://www.thevespiary.org/rhodium/Rhodium/pdf/allyl2paa2pea.pdf)

And finally, some further elaborations on phenethylamine syntheses by his collaborator on the second paper:

Über -Substituierte Äthylamine. I.
Ein einfaches Verfahren zur Darstellung von -Phenyl-äthylaminen aus -Nitro-styrolen.

Otto Schales

Chem. Ber. 68, 1579-1581 (1935)

(https://www.thevespiary.org/rhodium/Rhodium/pdf/schales.ns2pea.pdf)
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Über -Substituierte Äthylamine. II. Die katalytische Hydrierung von Oximen.
Otto Schales

Chem. Ber. 68, 1943-1945 (1935)

(https://www.thevespiary.org/rhodium/Rhodium/pdf/schales.oxime2pea.pdf)


Rhodium

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Mescaline, Amphetamine etc. by LAH reduction
« Reply #15 on: May 13, 2004, 04:34:00 PM »
Ueber die Reduktion von ?-Nitrostyrolen mit Lithiumaluminiumhydrid
M. Erne & F. Ramirez

Helv. Chim. Acta 33, 912-916 (1950)

(https://www.thevespiary.org/rhodium/Rhodium/pdf/nitrostyrene.lah.erne-ramirez.pdf)

Summary
The following phenethylamines were prepared by reduction of the corresponding ?-nitrostyrenes: 3,4,5-Trimethoxyphenethylamine (Mescaline, 77%), 2,3,4-Trimethoxyphenethylamine (Isomescaline, 80%), DL-Amphetamine (87%), 3,4-Methylenedioxyphenethylamine (MDPEA, 86%), as well as 5-Bromo-3,4-Methylenedioxyphenethylamine (dehalogenation could be controlled by adjusting the reaction conditions). The required nitrostyrene was made by bromination of protocatechualdehyde, methylenation with methylene sulfate and NaOH-catalyzed condensation with nitromethane. Myristicinaldehyde (5-Methoxy-3,4-methylenedioxybenzaldehyde) was also prepared in 17% yield by methylenation of 5-Methoxy-3,4-dihydroxybenzaldehyde with methylene sulfate.


Rhodium

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?-Diazoacetophenone Mescaline Synthesis
« Reply #16 on: September 14, 2004, 06:36:00 PM »
Notiz über eine neue Synthese von Mezcalin, N-Methyl- und N,N-Dimethylmezcalin
K. Banholzer, T.W. Campbell, H. Schmid

Helv. Chim. Acta. 35, 1577-1581 (1952)

(https://www.thevespiary.org/rhodium/Rhodium/pdf/mescaline.diazoketone.pdf)




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Re: Electrochemical Reduction of Nitrostyrenes
« Reply #17 on: March 26, 2017, 07:26:32 AM »
Hi,
its a long time ago but I think its still an interesting thread.

Anyone who is more experienced with this reduction method?

I´ve some questions:

1. What materials can be successfully used as cell divider instant of the flower pot?

2. Pre coated (PbO2) lead electrodes are the way to go?

3. Is it necessary, that all of the substrate is solved at once or just before being reduced?