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An Efficient and Practical Method for Olefin Dihydroxylation

Zhi-bin Luo*, Chen Zhao, Jimin Xie*, Hong-fei Lu*

*Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, 212013; Jiangsu University of Science and Technology, Zhenjiang, 212003, P. R. of China, Email:,

Z.-b. Luo, C. Zhao, J. Xie, H.-f. Lu, Synthesis, 2016, 48, 3696-3700.

DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1562783

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An efficient and economic procedure for the dihydroxylation of various olefin derivatives with commercial KMnO4 as the oxidant in the presence of a quaternary ammonium salt is suitable for large-scale production of cis-dihydroxy compounds, even those bearing primary and secondary alcohol groups, without overoxidation.

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Key Words

dihydroxylation, diols, acrylates, alkenes, potassium permanganate, quaternary ammonium salts

ID: J66-Y2016