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Catalytic oxidative cleavage of catechol by a non-heme iron(III) complex as a green route to dimethyl adipate

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Abstract

The catalyst system prepared in situ from iron(III) salts, tris(2-pyridylmethyl)amine and a base readily catalyses the intradiol dioxygenation of pyrocatechol in methanol, to primarily afford the half-methyl ester of muconic acid. Dimethyl adipate is obtained by the subsequent, one-step catalytic hydrogenation/esterification, thus providing a green route to this important nylon precursor.

Graphical abstract: Catalytic oxidative cleavage of catechol by a non-heme iron(iii) complex as a green route to dimethyl adipate

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The article was received on 03 Apr 2013, accepted on 12 Jun 2013 and first published on 26 Jun 2013


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C3CC42423E
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2013,49, 6912-6914

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    Catalytic oxidative cleavage of catechol by a non-heme iron(III) complex as a green route to dimethyl adipate

    R. Jastrzebski, B. M. Weckhuysen and P. C. A. Bruijnincx, Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 6912
    DOI: 10.1039/C3CC42423E

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