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CH Photooxygenation of Alkyl Benzenes Catalyzed by Riboflavin Tetraacetate and a Non-Heme Iron Catalyst

Mühldorf, Bernd ; Wolf, Robert


A mixture of the photocatalyst riboflavin tetraacetate (RFT) and the biomimetic non-heme iron complex [Fe(TPA)-(MeCN) (2)](ClO4)(2) (TPA=tris(2-pyridylmethyl)amine) efficiently catalyzes the visible-light-driven aerobic oxidation of alkyl benzenes to ketones and carboxylic acids. An RFTcatalyzed photocycle and the independent action of the iron complex as a catalyst for H2O2 disproportionation and alkyl benzene oxygenation ensure high yields and selectivities.

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