Aerobic oxidation of benzylic alcohols with solid alkaline metal hydroxides

Adi Wolfson, Kfir Ben-Harush, Moti Herskowitz

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Abstract

Solid alkaline metal hydroxides displayed high catalytic activity and full selectivity in the aerobic oxidation of benzylic alcohols in a non-polar medium. The activity of the solid bases, in decreasing order of reactivity, was KOH > NaOH ≫ LiOH. Water, which is the only by-product of the reaction, plays a crucial role in KOH deactivation by converting the crystal phase of KOH to KOH • H2O, as confirmed by XRD measurements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-68
Number of pages6
JournalKinetics and Catalysis
Volume51
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2010

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