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Aerobic Oxidation Reactions for Organic Chemical Synthesis

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Molecular oxygen is the quintessential oxidant. While O2 is the oxidant of choice for production of commodity chemicals, it is seldom used in process-scale synthesis of fine chemicals, agrochemicals or pharmaceuticals, and it is rarely used in laboratory syntheses of organic molecules. Over the past decade, our research has focused on understanding and exploiting fundamental chemical principles that could enable widespread use of O2 as an oxidant for chemical synthesis. This talk will introduce some of the fundamental and practical challenges facing this field, together with a presentation of efforts we have made to address these challenges, emphasizing the recent development and characterization of copper/nitroxyl-catalyzed aerobic alcohol oxidation and oxidative coupling reactions.

This talk is part of the Synthetic Chemistry Research Interest Group series.

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