Oxidative cleavage of 4-methylcatechol with a Cu complex bound to poly(styrene-CO-4-vinylpyridine)

Hiroyuki Nishide, T. Minakata, E. Tsuchida*

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The oxidative cleavage of 4-methylcatechol with pyridine-Cu complex to give the monomethyl ester of cis,cis-muconic acid was studied. The obtained yield and kinetic parameters indicated that benzene is a good solvent for the cleavage reaction. A Cu complex bound to a benzene-soluble poly(styrene-co-4-vinylpyridine) was also found to be effective for the cleavage, giving the muconate in ca. 80% yield, σ-Phenylene-diamine was also oxidatively cleaved with the polymer-Cu complex in benzene to give cis,cis-mucononitrile.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-335
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Molecular Catalysis
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1982


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