Organic Chemistry Portal



Ruthenium-Catalyzed Oxidative Cleavage of Olefins to Aldehydes

Dan Yang* and Chi Zhang

*Department of Chemistry, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong, Email:

D. Yang, C. Zhang, J. Org. Chem., 2001, 66, 4814-4818.

DOI: 10.1021/jo010122p (free Supporting Information)

see article for more examples


Specific oxidation protocols have been developed for the cleavage of styrenes, aliphatic olefins, and terminal aliphatic olefins to carbonyl compounds with ruthenium trichloride as catalyst. Olefins that are not fully substituted are converted to aldehydes rather than carboxylic acids.

Ruthenium-Catalyzed Oxidative Cleavage of Alkynes to Carboxylic Acids

D. Yang, F. Chen, Z.-M. Dong, D.-W. Zhang, J. Org. Chem., 2004, 69, 209-212.

Key Words

Oxidation, Oxidative Cleavage, Oxone, Ruthenium, Sodium Periodate, Aldehydes, Ketones, Carboxylic Acids

ID: J42-Y2001-270