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Org Lett. 2002 Mar 21;4(6):1043-5.

Practical Os/Cu-cocatalyzed air oxidation of allyl and benzyl alcohols at room temperature and atmospheric pressure.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 251 Nieuwland Science Hall, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556-5670, USA.


[reaction: see text] A new protocol for the oxidation of primary and secondary allyl and benzyl alcohols at room temperature and using 1 atm of air is described. The procedure uses low loadings of copper salts and osmium tetroxide, which is activated with quinuclidine and prereduced with an alkene. Chemoselectivity for allyl and benzyl alcohols is very high, no overoxidation is observed, and the reaction takes place under neutral conditions.

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