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Catalytic Dihydroxylation of Olefins with Hydrogen Peroxide: An Organic-Solvent- and Metal-Free System

Yoko Usui, Kazuhiko Sato*, Masato Tanaka

*Research Institute for Green Technology, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba Central, Email:

Y. Usui, K. Sato, M. Tanaka, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2003, 42, 5623-5625.

DOI: 10.1002/anie.200352568


A clean and safe method for the dihydroxylation of alkenes under organic-solvent- and metal-free conditions was developed. The resin-supported sulfonic acid catalyst is easily recycled.

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proposed catalytic cycle

Key Words

alkenes, dihydroxylation, green chemistry, hydrogen peroxide, oxidation

ID: J06-Y2003-820