Emmert, Marion H
We report a waste-free oxidation of alcohols catalyzed by Ir catalysts, using air as the sole oxidant. The Ir catalysts are generated in situ by combining X- and L-type ligands with Ir complexes as catalyst precursors. The new methodology provides a sorely needed alternative to more traditional, wasteful methods for alcohol oxidation, which is a very common process step for the production of bulk chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and consumer products.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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Chemistry and Biochemistry