Catalysis Letters

, Volume 128, Issue 3–4, pp 281–289 | Cite as

Transition Metal Substituted Polyoxotungstates in the Catalytic Oxidation of 1H-Indene and 1,2-Dihydronaphthalene with Hydrogen Peroxide

  • Ana C. Estrada
  • Mário M. Q. Simões
  • Isabel C. M. S. Santos
  • M. Graça P. M. S. Neves
  • Artur M. S. Silva
  • José A. S. Cavaleiro
  • Ana M. V. Cavaleiro


The oxidation of 1H-indene and 1,2-dihydronaphthalene with hydrogen peroxide in the presence of Mn(III) or Fe(III) substituted Keggin-type polyoxotungstates is described. The products obtained depend on the catalyst and reaction conditions. Ring cleavage was observed, affording dialdehydes under mild and environmentally friendly conditions. Other main products were the α-hydroxy-ketones. The resulting epoxides seem to be intermediates to other oxygenated products.


1H-indene 1,2-dihydronaphthalene Polyoxometalates Polyoxotungstates Hydrogen peroxide Oxidation 



Thanks are due to the University of Aveiro, FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia) and FEDER for funding the Organic Chemistry Research Unity and CICECO. A.C.E. and I.C.M.S.S. also thank FCT for their grants.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana C. Estrada
    • 1
  • Mário M. Q. Simões
    • 2
  • Isabel C. M. S. Santos
    • 2
  • M. Graça P. M. S. Neves
    • 2
  • Artur M. S. Silva
    • 2
  • José A. S. Cavaleiro
    • 2
  • Ana M. V. Cavaleiro
    • 1
  1. 1.CICECO, Department of ChemistryUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal
  2. 2.QOPNA, Department of ChemistryUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal

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