A combination of platinum(II) ion and metallic platinum is found to oxidise ethane to a mixture of acetic and glycolic acids in aqueous medium in the presence of oxygen; the platinum(II) ion is responsible for the initial C-H activation step leading eventually to the formation of ethanol and ethylene glycol, while metallic platinum catalyses the subsequent air oxidation of the alcohols to the corresponding acids.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Journal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1992|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Medicine