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Novel Vanadium-Catalyzed Oxidation of Alcohols to Aldehydes and Ketones under Atmospheric Oxygen

Subbarayan Velusamy and T. Punniyamurthy*

*Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati 781039, India, Email:

S. Velusamy, T. Punniyamurthy, Org. Lett., 2004, 6, 217-219.

DOI: 10.1021/ol036166x


Oxidation of alcohols to aldehydes and ketones were performed under atmospheric oxygen with a catalytic amount of V2O5 in toluene at 100C. Secondary alcohols can be chemoselectively converted into ketones in the presence of primary hydroxy groups.

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Key Words

Oxidation, Alcohols, Aldehydes, Ketones, Vanadium pentoxide, Oxygen

ID: J54-Y2004-050