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Metal free oxidation of alkyl substituted aromatics with aqueous tert-butyl hydroperoxide under microwave irradiation

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Abstract

Oxidation of alkyl substituted aromatic compounds to ketones and carboxylic acids can be achieved by 70% aqueous TBHP (tert-butyl hydroperoxide) under microwave irradiation with no additional organic solvent, metal based reagent or catalyst. Methyl aromatics (toluenes and xylenes) can be oxidized directly to the industrially important benzoic and phthalic acids. An addition of a tiny amount of ionic liquid and simultaneous cooling improves the efficiency of these oxidations. For other alkyl substituted aromatics, ketones are obtained in good yields.

Graphical abstract: Metal free oxidation of alkyl substituted aromatics with aqueous tert-butyl hydroperoxide under microwave irradiation

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The article was received on 04 Jun 2009, accepted on 06 Aug 2009 and first published on 07 Sep 2009


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B916265H
Citation: Green Chem., 2009,11, 1857-1861
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    Metal free oxidation of alkyl substituted aromatics with aqueous tert-butyl hydroperoxide under microwave irradiation

    H. He, B. Pei and A. W. M. Lee, Green Chem., 2009, 11, 1857
    DOI: 10.1039/B916265H

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