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t-BuONa-Mediated Transition-Metal-Free Autoxidation of Diarylmethanes to Ketones

Jiang-Sheng Li*, Fan Yang, Qian Yang, Zhi-Wei Li, Guo-Qin Chen, Yu-Dong Da, Peng-Mian Huang, Chao Chen, Yuefei Zhang, Ling-Zhi Huang

*School of Chemistry and Biological Engineering, Changsha University of Science and Technology, Changsh 410114, P. R. of China, Email:

J.-S. Li, F. Yang, Q. Yang, Z.-W. Li, Z.-Q. Chen, Y.-D. Da, P.-M. Huang, C. Chen, Y. Zhang, L-Z. Huang, Synlett, 2017, 28, 994-998.

DOI: 10.1055/s-0036-1588928 (free Supporting Information)


Autoxidative sp3 C-H transformation of diarylmethanes in the presence of oxygen mediated by t-BuONa provides diaryl ketones in very good yields under mild reaction conditions, without transition metal catalysts or additional chemical oxidants.

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Key Words

ketones, benzylic oxidation, autoxidation, metal-free, oxygen

ID: J60-Y2017