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Iron Catalysis for Room-Temperature Aerobic Oxidation of Alcohols to Carboxylic Acids

Xingguo Jiang, Jiasheng Zhang and Shengming Ma*

*State Key Laboratory of Organometallic Chemistry, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 345 Lingling Lu, Shanghai 200032, P. R. China, Email:

X. Jiang, J. Zhang, S. Ma, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138, 8344-8347.

DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b03948

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Oxidation from alcohols to carboxylic acids are often conducted using at least a stoichiometric amount of an expensive and toxic oxidant. An efficient and practical sustainable oxidation technology of alcohols using pure O2 or even air as the oxidant in the presence of a catalytic amount each of Fe(NO3)39H2O/TEMPO/MCl provides a series of carboxylic acids in high yields at room temperature.

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Key Words

carboxylic acids, oxygen, TEMPO

ID: J48-Y2016