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Aerobic oxidation of alcohols with air catalyzed by decacarbonyldimanganese

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Abstract

The oxidation of alcohols to carbonyl compounds using air as the terminal oxidant is highly desirable. As described in previous reports, the abstraction of α-H of the alcohol is the most important step, and it typically requires not only a metal catalyst but also complex ligands, co-catalysts and bases. Herein, we report a practical and efficient method for the oxidation of primary alcohols, secondary alcohols, 1,2-diols, 1,2-amino alcohols, and other α-functionalized alcohols using a commercially available catalyst, Mn2(CO)10, and no additives. Preliminary mechanistic studies indicated that an alkoxyl radical intermediate existed in our system, and a plausible mechanism consistent with the experimental results and literature was proposed.

Graphical abstract: Aerobic oxidation of alcohols with air catalyzed by decacarbonyldimanganese

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The article was received on 17 Jul 2019, accepted on 10 Oct 2019 and first published on 11 Oct 2019


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C9GC02446H
Green Chem., 2019,21, 6187-6193

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    Aerobic oxidation of alcohols with air catalyzed by decacarbonyldimanganese

    S. Meng, L. Lin, X. Luo, H. Lv, J. Zhao and A. S. C. Chan, Green Chem., 2019, 21, 6187
    DOI: 10.1039/C9GC02446H

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