Heterogeneous permanganate oxidations; part 6: Selective oxidation of arenes

D. Zhao, D. G. Lee

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Potassium permanganate adsorbed on alumina selectively oxidizes arenes at the benzylic position. If the benzyl carbon is secondary, ketones are obtained in good yields; alcohols are produced if the benzylic position is tertiary. Benzopyranoid and benzofuranoid systems exhibit highly selective oxidation patterns. Decarboxylation occurs when phenylacetic acid is oxidized, but not when the corresponding ester, ethyl phenylacetate, is oxidized to ethyl benzoylformate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)915-916
Number of pages2
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1994
Externally publishedYes

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