A manganese-based catalyst system for general oxidation of unactivated olefins, alkanes, and alcohols

Dennis Verspeek, Sebastian Ahrens, Xiandong Wen, Yong Yang, Yong Wang Li, Kathrin Junge, Matthias Beller

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Abstract

Non-noble metal-based catalyst systems consisting of inexpensive manganese salts, picolinic acid and various heterocycles enable epoxidation of the challenging (terminal) unactivated olefins, selective C-H oxidation of unactivated alkanes, and O-H oxidation of secondary alcohols with aqueous hydrogen peroxide. In the presence of the in situ generated optimal manganese catalyst, epoxides are generated with up to 81% yield from alkenes and ketone products with up to 51% yield from unactivated alkanes. This convenient protocol allows the formation of the desired products under ambient conditions (room temperature, 1 bar) by employing only a slight excess of hydrogen peroxide with 2,3-butadione as a sub-stoichiometric additive.

Original languageEnglish
JournalOrganic and Biomolecular Chemistry
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StateAccepted/In press - 2024
Externally publishedYes

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