Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Chemistry

Language

English

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 Date

2009

Source Publication Title

Green Chemistry

Volume

11

Issue

11

Start Page

1857

End Page

1861

Publisher

Royal Society of Chemistry

Peer Reviewed

1

DOI

10.1039/B916265H

Link to Publisher's Edition

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

ISSN (print)

1463-9262

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Chemistry Commons

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