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Oxidation of toluenes to benzoic acids by oxygen in non-acidic solvents

Fan Yang, Jing Sun, Rui Zheng, Wenwei Qiu, Jie Tang* and Mingyuan He

*Center for the Chemistry of Ionic Liquids, Department of Chemistry, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China, Email:

F. Yang, J. Sun, R. Zheng, W. Qiu, J. Tang, M. He, Tetrahedron, 2004, 60, 1225-1228.

DOI: 10.1016/j.tet.2003.11.079


The oxidation of substituted toluenes by molecular oxygen to the corresponding substituted benzoic acids using Co(C18H35O2)2/NH4Br or Co(OAc)2/NaBr/AcOH as catalysts in the presence of a radical initiator in non-acidic solvents was investigated.

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Key Words

Oxidation, Toluenes, Benzoic acids, Oxygen

ID: J72-Y2004-270