Heterogeneous Permanganate Oxidations. 7. the Oxidation of Aliphatic Side Chains

Nazih A. Noureldin, Dongyuan Zhao, Donald G. Lee

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Alkylbenzene side chains are oxidized at the benzylic position when treated under heterogeneous conditions with permanganate adsorbed on a solid support. The products are alcohols if the benzylic carbon is tertiary, or ketones if it is secondary. Carbon-carbon bond cleavage, which usually occurs when these same compounds are oxidized by permanganate under homogeneous conditions, does not occur. A unique selectivity is observed for the oxidation of derivatives of indane, 1, and tetralin, 2, in which one of the methylenes is replaced by an oxygen. If the oxygen is in the α-position, no reaction occurs; if it is in the β-position, good yields of the corresponding lactone are obtained. A mechanism consistent with the observed selectivity has been proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8767-8772
Number of pages6
JournalThe Journal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1997
Externally publishedYes

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