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A Catalytic Oxidative Esterification of Aldehydes Using V2O5-H2O2

Rangam Gopinath and Bhisma K. Patel*

*Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati-781 001, India, Email:

R. Gopinath, B. Patel, Org. Lett., 2000, 2, 577-579.

DOI: 10.1021/ol990383+


Aldehydes undergo oxidative transformation to the methyl esters in methanol as solvent upon treatment with catalytic amounts of vanadium pentoxide in combination with hydrogen peroxide. This method features mild reaction conditions, short reaction times, high efficiencies, cost-effectiveness, and facile isolation of the desired products.

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Key Words

oxidation, aldehydes, esters, vanadium pentoxide, hydrogen peroxide

ID: J54-Y2000-410