Preparation of HNS from HNBB Using Oxygen.
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY WASHINGTON DC
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A process for preparing 2,2,4,4,6,6-hexanitrostilbene in high yields by reacting 2,2,4,4,6,6-hexanitrobibenzyl in a suitable solvent with an oxygen-containing gas in the presence of a catalyst. The catalyst is selected from the group consisting of copper ammino and cobalt ammino compounds, copper and cobalt acetates, copper and cobalt halides, copper sulfate, and ammonium and alkali metal bases. It is an object of the present invention to provide a process for preparing 2,2,4,4,6,6-hexanitrostilbene HNS in high yields through the oxidation of 2,2,4,4,6,6-hexanitrobibenzyl HNBB. It is a further object of this invention to provide a process for the preparation of HNS through oxidation of HNBB with an oxygen containing gas without requiring the use of methanol, potassium hydroxide, pyridine and other solvents essential in the Kompolthy et al process discussed above. It is a still further object of this invention to provide a process for preparing 2,2,4,46,6-hexanitrostilbene through oxidation of HNBB with oxygen-containing gas in increased yields through addition of small amounts of a catalyst. These and other objects of the invention will be apparent from the detailed description of the invention. Author
- Organic Chemistry