Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Chemistry

Abstract

Oxidation of alkyl substituted aromatic compounds to ketones and carboxylic acids can be achieved by 70% aqueous TBHP (tert-butyl hydroperoxide) under microwave irradiation with no additional organic solvent, metal based reagent or catalyst. Methyl aromatics (toluenes and xylenes) can be oxidized directly to the industrially important benzoic and phthalic acids. An addition of a tiny amount of ionic liquid and simultaneous cooling improves the efficiency of these oxidations. For other alkyl substituted aromatics, ketones are obtained in good yields.

Publication Year

2009

Journal Title

Green Chemistry

Volume number

11

Issue number

11

Publisher

Royal Society of Chemistry

First Page (page number)

1857

Last Page (page number)

1861

Referreed

1

DOI

10.1039/B916265H

ISSN (print)

1463-9262

Link to Publisher’s Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/B916265H

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