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The Baeyer-Villiger Oxidation of Aromatic Aldehydes and Ketones with Hydrogen Peroxide Catalyzed by Selenium Compounds. A Convenient Method for the Preparation of Phenols
17 September 2002 (online)
A series of organoselenium compounds was investigated as activators of hydrogen peroxide in the Baeyer-Villiger oxidation. As a result, a convenient and cheap method for transformation of aromatic aldehydes, having polycondensed ring systems or electron-donating substituents, and polymethoxy derivatives of acetophenone, into phenols was elaborated. This method utilizes hydrogen peroxide activated by areneseleninic acids, as oxidizing agent.