General and selective palladium-catalyzed oxidative esterification of alcohols

Saravanan Gowrisankar, Helfried Neumann, Matthias Beller

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Selectively esterified: Primary alcohols react with dioxygen as a benign oxidant in a palladium-catalyzed oxidative esterification (see scheme). The corresponding aldehydes and esters are formed highly selectively depending on the catalyst system. The reactions take place in the presence of commercially available ligands without the need for additional organic hydrogen acceptors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5139-5143
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition in English
Issue number22
StatePublished - 23 May 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • alcohols
  • aldehydes
  • esters
  • oxidative esterification
  • palladium


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