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Bismuth(III) Oxide Catalyzed Oxidation of Alcohols with tert-Butyl Hydroperoxide

Payal Malik, Debashis Chakraborty*

*Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai-600 036, Tamil Nadu, India, Email:

P. Malik, D. Chakraborty, Synthesis, 2010, 3736-3740.

DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1258221

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Various aromatic, aliphatic and conjugated alcohols were transformed into the corresponding carboxylic acids and ketones in good yields with aq 70% t-BuOOH in the presence of catalytic amounts of bismuth(III) oxide. This method possesses does not involve cumbersome work-up, exhibits chemoselectivity and proceeds under ambient conditions. The overall method is green.

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Key Words

oxidation of alcohols, Bi2O3, t-BuOOH, reaction rates, green chemistry

ID: J66-Y2010-3160