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Title: Harnessing applied potential to oxidation in water
Authors: Buckley, Benjamin R.
Chan, Yohan
Dreyfus, Nicolas
Elliott, Claire
Marken, Frank
Page, Philip C. Bulman
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: © Royal Society of Chemistry
Citation: BUCKLEY, B.R. ... et al, 2012. Harnessing applied potential to oxidation in water. Green Chemistry, 14 (8), pp. 2221 - 2225
Abstract: Oxidation is one of the most important types of transformation in chemistry, and practical mild oxidation without added reagents or solvents has been a long-standing challenge. We have developed a highly practical solvent-free (biphasic) electrochemically driven oxidation system for the selective conversion of sulfides to the corresponding sulfoxides, and alkenes to the corresponding epoxides, in a very simple reactor system. Excellent yields are obtained for a variety of substrates, and neither over-oxidation to sulfone nor formation of diol by-products from alkene oxidation is observed. This simple system has excellent potential for scale-up, requires no storing or transport of stoichiometric oxidants, no heavy metals, and can be carried out with just water, sodium carbonate, hydrochloric acid, and an applied potential in a single cell. The electrolyte solution can be recycled and reused with no loss in activity.
Description: This article is closed access, it was published in the journal Green Chemistry [© Royal Society of Chemistry]. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c2gc35238a
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1039/c2gc35238a
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/13966
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c2gc35238a
ISSN: 1463-9262
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