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Keywords:

  • C[BOND]H activation;
  • hydrocarbons;
  • molecular oxygen;
  • organic catalysis;
  • oxidation;
  • o-phenanthroline

Abstract

A highly efficient o-phenanthroline-mediated, metal-free catalytic system has been developed for oxidation of hydrocarbons with dioxygen in the presence of N-hydroxyphthalimide; various hydrocarbons were efficiently and high selectively oxidized, e.g., ethylbenzene to acetophenone in 97% selectivity and 76% conversion, under mild conditions.