100% selective oxygenation of p-xylene to p-tolualdehyde via photoinduced electron transfer

Kei Ohkubo, Shunichi Fukuzumi

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Abstract

(matrix presented) The 100% selective oxygenation of p-xylene to p-tolualdehyde is initiated by photoinduced electron transfer from p-xylene to the singlet excited state of 10-methyl-9-phenylacridinium ion under visible light irradiation, yielding p-tolualdehyde exclusively as the final oxygenated product. The reason for the high selectivity in the photocatalytic oxygenation of p-xylene is discussed on the basis of the photoinduced electron transfer mechanism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3647-3650
Number of pages4
JournalOrganic Letters
Volume2
Issue number23
DOIs
StatePublished - 16 Nov 2000

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