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DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1611761
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Diphenyl Diselenide Catalyzed Oxidative Degradation of Benzoin to Benzoic Acid

Hongen Cao*
a  School of Horticulture and Plant Protection, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou, Jiangsu 225009, P. R. of China
b  State Key Laboratory Breeding Base of Green Pesticide and Agricultural Bioengineering, Key Laboratory of Green Pesticide and Agricultural Bioengineering, Ministry of Education, Research and Development Center for Fine Chemicals, Guizhou University, Guiyang, Guizhou 550025, P. R. of China
c  School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou 225002, P. R. of China   Email: hecao@yzu.edu.cn   Email: zhangxu@yzu.edu.cn
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Tian Chen
c  School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou 225002, P. R. of China   Email: hecao@yzu.edu.cn   Email: zhangxu@yzu.edu.cn
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Chenggen Yang
c  School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou 225002, P. R. of China   Email: hecao@yzu.edu.cn   Email: zhangxu@yzu.edu.cn
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Jianqing Ye
c  School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou 225002, P. R. of China   Email: hecao@yzu.edu.cn   Email: zhangxu@yzu.edu.cn
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Xu Zhang*
c  School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou 225002, P. R. of China   Email: hecao@yzu.edu.cn   Email: zhangxu@yzu.edu.cn
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This work was financially supported by National Key Research and Development Program of China (2018YFD0200100), the Open Project Program of Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Zoonosis (R1609), Opening Foundation of the Key Laboratory of Green Pesticide and Agricultural Bioengineering, Ministry of Education, Guizhou University (2016GDGP0104) and Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions.
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Publication History

Received: 07 January 2019

Accepted after revision: 27 February 2019

Publication Date:
02 April 2019 (eFirst)

Published as part of the Cluster Organosulfur and Organoselenium Compounds in Catalysis

Abstract

The diphenyl diselenide catalyzed oxidative degradation of benzoin to benzoic acid is reported. As this reaction can convert the malodorous compound into an odorless and innocuous product under mild conditions, it might be useful for pollutant disposal. The reaction does not require a transition-metal catalyst or a chemical oxidant, so that it can be performed at low cost and without generation of wastes. This is believed to be the first example of the use of organoselenium catalysis technology in pollutant destruction, thereby expanding its range of applications.

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