Brøn to be mild: The use of heterogeneous photocatalysis for carrying out the partial oxidation of alcohols to carbonyl compounds is discussed. This environmentally benign catalytic process is able to perform aerobic transformations of alcohols in water. A recent discovery indicates that the photo-oxidation of alcohols on TiO2 or SiO2/TiO2 samples is strongly accelerated, without loss of selectivity, via surface loading of Brønsted acids.
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