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Keywords:

  • C[BOND]H activation;
  • oxidation;
  • peroxides;
  • N,P ligands;
  • ruthenium
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Selective C[BOND]H oxidation: A novel class of PNNP–RuII complexes is prepared and characterized. These complexes are air stable and easy to handle and show significant catalytic activity in the direct C[BOND]H oxidation of aryl alkanes by using tert-butylhydroperoxide as the reoxidant. Several functionalized ketones are prepared, which exemplifies the synthetically useful functional group tolerance of this method.