Cationic Palladium(II) Complexes for Catalytic Wacker-Type Oxidation of Styrenes to Ketones Using O2 as the Sole Oxidant

Hongxin Chai, Qun Cao, Laura M. Dornan, N. Louise Hughes, Clare L. Brown, Peter Nockemann, Jiarong Li, Mark J. Muldoon*

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5604-5608
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number47
Early online date20 Dec 2017
Publication statusEarly online date - 20 Dec 2017



  • Ketal
  • Ketones
  • Oxidation
  • Palladium
  • Styrene

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