2,6-Dihydroxybenzoic acid

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2,6-Dihydroxybenzoic acid

2,6-Dihydroxybenzoic acid, also known as γ-resorcylic acid, is a type of dihydroxybenzoic acid with the chemical formula C7H6O4. It is one of the several isomers of dihydroxybenzoic acid, which are distinguished by the positions of the hydroxyl groups on the benzene ring.

Chemical Structure and Properties[edit | edit source]

2,6-Dihydroxybenzoic acid consists of a benzene ring substituted with two hydroxyl groups (-OH) at the 2 and 6 positions and a carboxyl group (-COOH) at the 1 position. This arrangement gives it unique chemical properties compared to other isomers such as 2,4-Dihydroxybenzoic acid and 3,5-Dihydroxybenzoic acid.

Synthesis[edit | edit source]

The synthesis of 2,6-Dihydroxybenzoic acid can be achieved through various chemical reactions, including the Kolbe-Schmitt reaction and other organic synthesis methods. The specific pathways and reagents used can vary depending on the desired yield and purity of the final product.

Applications[edit | edit source]

2,6-Dihydroxybenzoic acid is used in various fields, including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and chemical research. It serves as an intermediate in the synthesis of more complex chemical compounds and can be used in the study of enzyme activity and metabolic pathways.

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