An efficient and environmentally benign method for the oxidation of aldehydes to carboxylic acids has been developed. Singlet oxygen, generated by visible light in the presence of a Ru or Ir photocatalyst, reacted with aldehydes to give the corresponding carboxylic acids in excellent yields. The reaction is highly chemo-selective, in which only an aldehyde moiety is reactive even in the presence of other photo-oxidation active sites. This method is an example of an ideal green chemical reaction in the sense that molecular oxygen and visible light are key sources for the transformation.
- Carboxylic acid
- Visible light