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Catalyst-Free Selective Oxidation of Diverse Olefins to Carbonyls in High Yield Enabled by Light under Mild Conditions

Weiwei Yu and Zhongkui Zhao*

*State Key Laboratory of Fine Chemicals, School of Chemical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, P. R. China, Email:

W. Yu, Z. Zhao, Org. Lett., 2019, 21, 7713-7716.

DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.9b02569

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For a selective oxidation of olefins, in particular, aromatic olefins to carbonyls, stoichiometric toxic oxidants or a high-cost catalyst is required. A practical light-enabled oxidation of olefins using H2O2 as a clean and low-toxic oxidant provides a broad scope of carbonyls in high yield without catalyst.

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Key Words

cleavage of alkenes, hydrogen peroxide, photochemistry

ID: J54-Y2019