Sodium hypochlorite as oxidant in phase transfer catalytic systems. Part II. Oxidation of aromatic alcohols

Sara Abramovici, Ronny Neumann, Yoel Sasson

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

26 Citations (Scopus)


Benzyl alcohol was oxidized by aqueous sodium hypochlorite in a phase transfer catalysis reaction catalyzed by quaternary ammonium salts. Two products were obtained, benzaldehyde and benzyl benzoate. The concentration of the organic phase and the pH of the aqueous phase affected the product distribution: a dilute organic phase and low pH favored benzaldehyde as a product, whereas a concentrated organic phase and high pH favored benzyl benzoate as a product.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-303
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Molecular Catalysis
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1985


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

Cite this