A new catalytic system for the direct oxidation of olefins to 1,2-diols by dioxygen in aqueous medium

Mark A. Benvenuto, Ayusman Sen

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In aqueous medium, in the presence of dioxygen, metallic platinum is found to catalyse the oxidation of ethylene and propene to a mixture of ethane-1,2-diol and acetic acid, and propane-1,2-diol and acetone, respectively; only the 1,2-diol was formed, however, when carbon monoxide was added to the reaction mixture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)970-972
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1993


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  • Molecular Medicine

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