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Selective Oxidation of Styrene Derivatives to Ketones over Palladium(0)/Carbon with Hydrogen Peroxide as the Sole Oxidant

Xiaomeng Xia, Xi Gao, Junhui Xu, Chuanfeng Hu, Xinhua Peng*

*School of Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing, 210094, P. R. of China, Email:

X. Xia, X. Gao, J. Xu, C. Hu, X. Peng, Synlett, 2017, 28, 607-610.

DOI: 10.1055/s-0036-1588656

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Pd0/C exhibited excellent catalytic activity in the oxidation of styrene derivatives to corresponding ketones with hydrogen peroxide as oxidant. This modified Wacker oxidation is cost-efficient and environmentally friendly and avoids the use of a copper salt as a co-catalyst.

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Key Words

Wacker-Tsuji oxidation, palladium catalysis, heterogeneous catalysis, hydrogen peroxide, styrenes, ketones

ID: J60-Y2017