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Transition metal based catalysts in the aerobic oxidation of alcohols

Year: 2012

Authors: Parmeggiani C., Cardona F.

Autors Affiliation: Ugo Schiff Univ Florence, Dept Chem, Sesto Fiorentino, FI, Italy; Univ Florence, CNR INO, Sesto Fiorentino, FI, Italy; Univ Florence, European Lab Nonlinear Spect LENS, Sesto Fiorentino, FI, Italy

Abstract: The oxidation of alcohols to the corresponding carbonyl compounds is a pivotal reaction in organic synthesis. However, traditional oxidants are often toxic and release considerable amounts of by-products. As an alternative, oxygen (or even better air) is among the cheaper and less polluting stoichiometric oxidants, since it produces no waste or water as the sole by-product. The implementation of a transition metal-based catalyst in combination with oxygen represents an emerging alternative to the traditional procedures. This review aims to give an overview on the most important advances made by the scientific community in the last 15 years in the field of aerobic oxidations of alcohols catalyzed by transition metals in the form of homogeneous catalysts, heterogeneous catalysts and, more recently, nanoparticles.

Journal/Review: GREEN CHEMISTRY

Volume: 14 (3)      Pages from: 547  to: 564

More Information: DOI: 10.1039/C2GC16344F
KeyWords: SUPERCRITICAL CARBON-DIOXIDE; LIQUID-PHASE OXIDATION;; MOLECULAR-OXYGEN; SECONDARY ALCOHOLS; KINETIC RESOLUTION; STABILIZED GOLD NANOCLUSTERS
DOI: 10.1039/c2gc16344f

Citations: 394
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