Oxidations of Organic Compounds Catalyzed by Copper- and Cobalt-Amine Complexes

  • C. R. H. I. de Jonge


Selective oxidations of organic substrates catalyzed by transition metal complexes capable of activating oxygen have been of interest since Glaser observed1 more than a hundred years ago that phenylacetylene underwent smooth aerial oxidation to diphenylacetylene when cuprous chloride in ammonia was used as a catalyst. This reaction has since been applied to a wide variety of organic compounds possessing the ethynyl grouping. The Glaser cop-per-amine system has been used in various modifications for many years up to the 1950s when two independant groups found a breakthrough in the oxidation of phenols using a copper-amine complex as a catalyst.2


Oxidative Coupling Oxidative Cleavage Phenol Oxidation Anhydrous Potassium Carbonate Alcohol Water 
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  • C. R. H. I. de Jonge
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  1. 1.Corporate Research DepartmentAkzo ResearchArnhemThe Netherlands

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