The present work addresses the development of an eco-friendly and cost-efficient protocol for the oxidation of primary and secondary alcohols to the corresponding aldehydes and ketones by mechanical processing under air. Ball milling was shown to promote the quantitative conversion of a broad set of alcohols into carbonyl compounds with no trace of an over-oxidation to carboxylic acids. The mechanochemical reaction exhibited higher yields and rates than the classical, homogeneous, TEMPO-based oxidation.
Mechanically induced oxidation of alcohols to aldehydes and ketones in ambient air: Revisiting TEMPO-assisted oxidations / Porcheddu, Andrea; Colacino, Evelina; Cravotto, Giancarlo; Delogu, Francesco; DE LUCA, Lidia Vera Giovanna. - In: BEILSTEIN JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY. - ISSN 1860-5397. - 13:(2017), pp. 2049-2055. [10.3762/bjoc.13.202]