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Science. 1996 Dec 20;274(5295):2044-6.

Copper-Catalyzed Oxidation of Alcohols to Aldehydes and Ketones: An Efficient, Aerobic Alternative

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I. E. Marko, P. R. Giles, M. Tsukazaki, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Departement de Chimie, Laboratoire de Chimie Organique, Batiment Lavoisier, Place Louis Pasteur 1, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. S. M. Brown, Zeneca Process Technology Department Huddersfield Works, P.O.Box A38, Leeds Road, Huddersfield HD2 1FF, United Kingdom. C. J. Urch, Zeneca Agrochemicals, Jealott's Hill Research Station, Bracknell, Berkshire RG42 6ET, United Kingdom.


An efficient, copper-based catalyst has been discovered that oxidizes a wide range of alcohols into aldehydes and ketones under mild conditions. This catalytic system utilizes oxygen or air as the ultimate, stoichiometric oxidant, producing water as the only by-product.

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