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Keywords:

  • ball milling;
  • cleavage reactions;
  • green chemistry;
  • oxidation;
  • renewable resources

Abstract

A new method for the oxidative cleavage of β-pinene (1) yielding nopinone (2) with potassium permanganate as oxidant under solvent-free conditions was established. The reaction was performed in a conventional ball mill with use of a grinding auxiliary. The auxiliary has the ability to sorb liquid reactants such as 1 on its surface to make liquid(s) accessible for mechanical impact. Different reaction parameters and technical variables were assessed concerning their influence on yield and selectivity of 2. Different chemical parameters such as oxidants, grinding auxiliaries, and quantities were investigated. Also tuning parameters including milling time, rotation frequency, and number of milling balls were explored.