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Dr. Markus Damm, Bernhard Gutmann and Prof. Dr. C. Oliver Kappe Continuous-Flow Synthesis of Adipic Acid from Cyclohexene Using Hydrogen Peroxide in High-Temperature Explosive Regimes ChemSusChem 6

Article first published online: 16 APR 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201300197

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Safe only in a microreactor! The synthesis of adipic acid from cyclohexene by tungstic acid-catalyzed oxidation using hydrogen peroxide following the classical Noyori protocol can be accomplished in good yields with residence times as short as 20 min at 140 °C using a safe and scalable microreactor environment. Under these intensified conditions the use of a phase-transfer catalyst is not required.

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