Selective C–H bond electro-oxidation of benzylic acetates and alcohols to benzaldehydes†
A chemical oxidant-free and mediator-free, direct electro-oxidation of both benzylic alcohols and benzylic esters are reported. The scope of the reaction is explored as a function of both steric and electronic effects. Expansion of the scope to non-benzylic and heteroaryl substrates is investigated. Functionalisation of esters and alcohols selectively to the aldehyde oxidation level using a traceless electron approach is reported.
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