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Methyltrioxorhenium-catalysed oxidation of pseudocumene in the presence of amphiphiles for the synthesis of vitamin E

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Abstract

Vitamin E is an essential food component and antioxidant of major economic relevance. 2,3,5-Trimethyl-1,4-benzoquinone is a key intermediate in the production of vitamin E, which can now be selectively achieved through MTO-catalysed oxidation of simple and inexpensive pseudocumene (1,2,4-trimethylbenzene), in the presence of hydrogen peroxide and an appropriate amphiphile.

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Submitted
10 Aug 2011
Accepted
06 Oct 2011
First published
21 Oct 2011

Catal. Sci. Technol., 2012,2, 722-724
Article type
Communication

Methyltrioxorhenium-catalysed oxidation of pseudocumene in the presence of amphiphiles for the synthesis of vitamin E

M. Carril, P. Altmann, W. Bonrath, T. Netscher, J. Schütz and F. E. Kühn, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2012, 2, 722
DOI: 10.1039/C1CY00313E

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