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Keywords:

  • activation;
  • alcohols;
  • catalysis relay;
  • reaction mechanisms;
  • symbiotic
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A race of dwarfs: We have successfully a transition-metal-free catalysis relay method for efficient aerobic oxidation at ambient conditions. The catalysis relay system is a combination of four dependent small molecules that enable the transfer of the oxidative ability of molecular oxygen to the aerobic oxidation of alcohols to their corresponding carbonyl compounds under mild conditions.