Issue 35, 2014

Aerobic oxidation catalysis with stable radicals


Selective oxidation reactions are challenging when carried out on an industrial scale. Many traditional methods are undesirable from an environmental or safety point of view. There is a need to develop sustainable catalytic approaches that use molecular oxygen as the terminal oxidant. This review will discuss the use of stable radicals (primarily nitroxyl radicals) in aerobic oxidation catalysis. We will discuss the important advances that have occurred in recent years, highlighting the catalytic performance, mechanistic insights and the expanding synthetic utility of these catalytic systems.

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Feature Article
16 Sep 2013
06 Mar 2014
First published
12 Mar 2014
This article is Open Access
Creative Commons BY license

Chem. Commun., 2014,50, 4524-4543

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Aerobic oxidation catalysis with stable radicals

Q. Cao, L. M. Dornan, L. Rogan, N. L. Hughes and M. J. Muldoon, Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 4524 DOI: 10.1039/C3CC47081D

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