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Esterification of the Primary Benzylic C-H Bonds with Carboxylic Acids Catalyzed by Ionic Iron(III) Complexes Containing an Imidazolinium Cation

Bing Lu, Fan Zhu, Hong-Mei Sun* and Qi Shen

*The Key Laboratory of Organic Synthesis of Jiangsu Province, College of Chenistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123, China, Email:

B. Lu, F. Zhu, H.-M. Sun, Q. Shen, Org. Lett., 2017, 19, 1132-1135.

DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.7b00148

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An esterification of primary benzylic C-H bonds with carboxylic acids using di-tert-butyl peroxide as an oxidant is catalyzed by novel ionic iron(III) complexes containing an imidazolinium cation. The reaction offers a broad generality and tolerates sterically hindered starting materials.

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Key Words

benzyl esters, oxidation of methyl arenes, DTBP

ID: J54-Y2017