Methods for the oxidation of aralkyl compounds have been examined
with special reference to the oxidation of toluene and O-toluenesulphonamide.
Catalytic aerial oxidations have been investigated as
possible procedures with an industrial application. The stability
of O-toluenesulphonamide towards oxidation is accounted for and the
mechanism of oxidation of toluene by both homolytic and heterolytic
bond fission is discussed. The preparation of saccharin by oxidation
of O-toluenesulphonamide with manganese dioxide in acid solution is
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.