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Iridium-Catalyzed Oxidative Methyl Esterification of Primary Alcohols and Diols with Methanol

Nobuyuki Yamamoto, Yasushi Obora* and Yasutaka Ishii*

*Department of Chemistry and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Chemistry, Materials and Bioengineering, Kansai University, Suita, Osaka 564-8680, Japan, Email:,

N. Yamamoto, Y. Obora, Y. Ishii, J. Org. Chem., 2011, 76, 2937-2941.

DOI: 10.1021/jo2003264

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Oxidative methyl esterification of primary alcohols and diols with methanol in the presence of acetone as a hydrogen acceptor was successfully achieved under catalysis of an iridium complex combined with 2-(methylamino)ethanol (MAE).

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Key Words

Oxidative Esterification, Oxidation, Acetone

ID: J42-Y2011-1180