Efficient Selenium-Catalyzed Selective C(sp3)−H Oxidation of Benzylpyridines with Molecular Oxygen

Weiwei Jin, Poonnapa Zheng, Wing Tak Wong, Ga Lai Law

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� 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim An efficient selenium-catalyzed direct oxidation of benzylpyridines in aqueous DMSO has been successfully developed by using molecular oxygen as the oxidant. A variety of benzoylpyridines with broad functional group tolerance were obtained in modest to excellent yields and with exclusive chemoselectivity. (Figure presented.).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1588-1593
Number of pages6
JournalAdvanced Synthesis and Catalysis
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • C−H oxidation
  • heterocycles
  • molecular oxygen
  • selenium catalysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry

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