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Keywords:

  • C[BOND]H activation;
  • esters;
  • heterogeneous catalysis;
  • metal–organic frameworks;
  • oxidation
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Oxidizing aromatics: We report an operationally simple and green catalytic oxidative esterification approach that selectively converts methyl aromatics to aromatic carboxylates utilizing a highly stable, active, and reusable heterogeneous bimetallic Au–Pd catalyst and molecular oxygen as benign oxidant without requiring any additives.