Practical Process for the Air Oxidation of Cresols: Mechanistic Investigations

The catalytic air oxidation of p-cresol and 2, 6-di-tert-butyl-4- methylphenol to the corresponding benzaldehydes was investigated to determine the mechanism at work in these oxidation reactions. A number of intermediates and byproducts, mainly in the form of dimers, were observed during the course of the reactions, and their structures were elucidated by spectroscopic and chromatographic methods. The existence of these compounds in the reaction mixtures, and their proposed methods of formation, provided further insight into the mechanism involved in these oxidations.

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