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Selective oxidation of alkyl-substituted polyaromatics using ruthenium-ion-catalyzed oxidation

Nowicka, Ewa ORCID:, Meenakshisundaram, Sankar ORCID:, Jenkins, Robert L., Knight, David W., Willock, David J. ORCID:, Hutchings, Graham J. ORCID:, Francisco, Manuel and Taylor, Stuart H. ORCID: 2015. Selective oxidation of alkyl-substituted polyaromatics using ruthenium-ion-catalyzed oxidation. Chemistry - A European Journal 21 (11) , pp. 4285-4293. 10.1002/chem.201405831

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Ruthenium-ion-catalyzed oxidation of a range of alkylated polyaromatics has been studied. 2-Ethylnaphthalene was used as a model substrate, and oxidation can be performed in either a conventional biphasic or in a monophasic solvent system. In either case the reaction rates and product selectivity are identical. The reaction products indicate that the aromatic ring system is oxidized in preference to the alkyl chain. This analysis is possible due to the development of a quantitative NMR protocol to determine the relative amounts of aliphatic and aromatic protons. From a systematic set of substrates we show that as the length of the alkyl chain substituent on a polyaromatic increases, the proportion of products in which the chain remains attached to the aromatic system increases. Larger polyaromatic systems, based on pyrene and phenanthrene, show greater reactivity than those with fewer aromatic rings, and the alkyl chains are more stable to oxidation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Advanced Research Computing @ Cardiff (ARCCA)
Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI)
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Uncontrolled Keywords: homogeneous catalysis; oxidation; NMR spectroscopy; polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons; ruthenium
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0947-6539
Last Modified: 06 May 2023 01:33

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