A series of new cationic palladium(II) complexes were prepared and studied for their ability to catalyze the Wacker-type oxidation of styrenes to their corresponding acetophenones using O2 as the sole oxidant. Catalysts are active at room temperature and the study highlights the importance of solvent choice and the need for ligand development in improving catalyst performance.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Inorganic Chemistry
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Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis › Doctor of Philosophy