Methyl esters can be produced in high yield by oxidising methanolic solutions of primary alcohols with dioxygen over a heterogeneous gold catalyst. The versatility of this new methodology is demonstrated by the fact that alkylic, benzylic and allylic alcohols, as well as alcohols containing an amine functionality are oxidized in good to excellent yield.
- Gold catalysis
- Catalytic oxidations
- Ester synthesis
- Methyl esters
Nielsen, I. S., Taarning, E., Egeblad, K., Madsen, R., & Christensen, C. H. (2007). Direct aerobic oxidation of primary alcohols to methyl esters catalyzed by a heterogeneous gold catalyst. Catalysis Letters, 116(1-2), 35-40. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10562-007-9086-9