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Keywords:

  • alkenes;
  • dihydroxylation;
  • flow chemistry;
  • microreactors;
  • oxidation

Abstract

Epoxidation of both terminal and non-terminal olefins with peroxy acids is a well-established and powerful tool in a wide variety of chemical processes. In an additional step, the epoxide can be readily converted into the corresponding trans-diol. Batch-wise scale-up, however, is often troublesome because of the thermal instability and explosive character of the peroxy acids involved. This article describes the design and semi-automated optimization of a continuous flow process and subsequent scale-up to preparative production volumes in an intrinsically safe manner.