Selective C-H bond electro-oxidation of benzylic acetates and alcohols to benzaldehydes

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  • Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.


A chemical oxidant-free and mediator-free, direct electro-oxidation of both benzylic alcohols and benzylic esters are reported. The scope of the reaction is explored as a function of both steric and electronic effects. Expansion of the scope to non-benzylic and heteroaryl substrates is investigated. Functionalisation of esters and alcohols selectively to the aldehyde oxidation level using a traceless electron approach is reported.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10010-10015
Number of pages6
JournalOrganic and Biomolecular Chemistry
Issue number47
Early online date14 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2017