Metal-Free: An Efficient and Selective Catalytic Aerobic Oxidation of Hydrocarbons with Oxime and N-Hydroxyphthalimide



A non-metal catalytic system consisting of dimethylglyoxime (DMG) and N-hydroxyphthalimide (NHPI) for the selective oxidation of hydrocarbons with dioxygen is described. The synergistic effect of DMG and NHPI ensures its efficient catalytic ability: 82.1% conversion of ethylbenzene with 94.9% selectivity for acetophenone could be obtained at 80 °C under 0.3 MPa of dioxygen in 10 h. Several hydrocarbons were efficiently oxidized to their corresponding oxygenated products under mild conditions.