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Explorative application of selenium catalysts in the oxidation of benzyl alcohol.
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1  Université Sultan Moulay Slimane, Faculté des Sciences et Techniques, BP 523, 23000 Béni-Mellal (Morocco)
2  Group of Catalysis Synthesis and Organic Green Chemistry (CS-ORG CHEM) - Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences - University of Perugia


Oxidation mediated by hydrogen peroxide needs to be accelerate by approrpiate catalyst in order to be completed in a reasonable reaction time. As a part of our investigation in the use of organoselenium cataysts in bio-mimetic oxidative protocol we reported here some preliminary results on the oxidation of benzyl alcohol into the corresponding benzoic acid.

Keywords: alcohol; oxidation; selenium; catalysis; carboxylic acids; hydrogen peroxide; green chemistry