Oxidation of activated phenols by dioxygen catalysed by the H5PV2Mo10O40 heteropolyanion

Manfred Lissel, Helmut Jansen in de Wal, Ronny Neumann

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The H5PV2Mo10O40 heteropolyanion has been found to catalyse the highly selective aerobic oxidation of dialkylphenols to diphenoquinones and the oxidation of 2, 3, 5-trimethylphenol to the 2, 3, 5-trimethyl-1, 4-benzoquinone. The rate is highly dependent on the oxidation potential of the substrate and is proceeds by electron transfer from the phenol substrate to the heteropolyanion catalyst.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1795-1798
Number of pages4
JournalTetrahedron Letters
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - Mar 24 1992



  • Dioxygen
  • Heteropolyanions
  • Phenol Oxidation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry

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