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Environmentally Benign Oxidation Reaction of Benzylic and Allylic Alcohols to Carbonyl Compounds Using Pd/C with Sodium Borohydride

Gwangil An, Minkyung Lim, Kwon-Soo Chun, Hakjune Rhee*

*Department of Chemistry and Applied Chemistry, Hanyang University, Ansan Sa 1-Dong 1271, Kyunggi-Do 426-791, Korea, Email:

G. An, M. Lim, K.-S. Chun, H. Rhee, Synlett, 2007, 95-98.

DOI: 10.1055/s-2006-956457


Pd/C in aqueous alcohol with molecular oxygen, sodium borohydride, and potassium carbonate efficiently oxidized benzylic and allylic alcohols. Sodium borohydride allows a remarkable reactivation of active sites of the Pd surface.

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Key Words

palladium, oxidations, ketones, aldehydes, enones, alcohols, sodium borohydride, oxygen

ID: J60-Y2007-0180