A novel and convenient process for the selective oxidation of naphthalenes with hydrogen peroxide

Feng Shi, Man Kin Tse, Matthias Beller

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Abstract

A practical ruthenium phase-transfer catalyst (Ru-PTC) system for the oxidation of naphthalene derivatives has been developed. Substituted 1,4-quinones are obtained in good selectivity and yield in water without the addition of any organic solvent and acid. By applying the optimized conditions the feed additive menadione (vitamin K3) is obtained from 2-methylnaphthalene with 64 % yield and 73 % selectivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-308
Number of pages6
JournalAdvanced Synthesis and Catalysis
Volume349
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Arenes
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Oxidation
  • Ruthenium

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