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Utilization of Natural Sunlight and Air in the Aerobic Oxidation of Benzyl Halides

Yijin Su, Liangren Zhang and Ning Jiao*

*State Key Laboratory of Natural and Biomimetic Drugs, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Peking University, Xue Yuan Road 38, Beijing 100191, China, Email:

Y. Su, L. Zhang, N. Jiao, Org. Lett., 2011, 13, 2168-2171.

DOI: 10.1021/ol2002013


Natural sunlight and air enable an efficient oxidation of α-aryl halogen derivatives to the corresponding α-aryl carbonyl compounds at room temperature through the combination of photocatalysis and organocatalysis. A plausible mechanism was proposed on the basis of the mechanistic studies.

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Key Words

α-keto esters, 1,2-diketones, oxygen

ID: J54-Y2011-1200