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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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Submitted
03 Apr 2013
Accepted
12 Jun 2013
First published
26 Jun 2013

Chem. Commun., 2013,49, 6912-6914
Article type
Communication

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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