Journal of Chemistry

Journal of Chemistry / 2007 / Article

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Volume 4 |Article ID 185364 | https://doi.org/10.1155/2007/185364

T. S. S. Rao, Shubhra Awasthi, "Oxidation of Alkylaromatics", Journal of Chemistry, vol. 4, Article ID 185364, 13 pages, 2007. https://doi.org/10.1155/2007/185364

Oxidation of Alkylaromatics

Received07 Aug 2006
Accepted08 Sep 2006

Abstract

Hydroperoxide at α-position to the aromatic ring is the primary oxidation product formed. In all cases monoalkylbenzenes lead to the formation of benzoic acid. Oxidation in the presence of transition metal salts not only accelerate but also selectively decompose the hydroperoxides. Alkyl naphthalenes mainly produce the corresponding naphthalene carboxylic acids. Hock-rearrangement by the influence of strong acids converts the hydroperoxides to hemiacetals. Peresters formed from the hydroperoxides undergo Criegee rearrangement easily. Alkali metals accelerate the oxidation while CO2 as co-oxidant enhances the selectivity. Microwave conditions give improved yields of the oxidation products.

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