Catalysis Letters

, Volume 149, Issue 1, pp 141–150 | Cite as

Copper Nanoparticles Immobilized on Nanocellulose: A Novel and Efficient Heterogeneous Catalyst for Controlled and Selective Oxidation of Sulfides and Alcohols

  • Apurba Dutta
  • Mitali Chetia
  • Abdul A. Ali
  • Ankur Bordoloi
  • Praveen S. Gehlot
  • Arvind Kumar
  • Diganta SarmaEmail author


In this work, we have described the versatility of low metal loading copper nanoparticles immobilized on nanocellulose for the controlled and selective oxidation of sulfides to sulfoxides and primary alcohols to aldehydes using green oxidant at room temperature. Aromatic, aliphatic and heterocyclic sulfides were oxidized to their corresponding sulfoxides with high yields without formation of over oxidized sulfones. Similarly, benzylic, allylic and aliphatic alcohols were selectively oxidized to aldehydes without traces of carboxylic acids in good to excellent yields.

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Oxidation Nanoparticles Heterogeneous Low metal loading Recyclability 



The authors acknowledge the Department of Science and Technology for financial assistance under DST-FIST program and UGC, New Delhi for Special Assistance Programme (UGC-SAP) to the Department of Chemistry, Dibrugarh University.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Apurba Dutta
    • 1
  • Mitali Chetia
    • 1
  • Abdul A. Ali
    • 1
  • Ankur Bordoloi
    • 2
  • Praveen S. Gehlot
    • 3
  • Arvind Kumar
    • 3
  • Diganta Sarma
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryDibrugarh UniversityDibrugarhIndia
  2. 2.Nano Catalysis, Catalytic Conversion and Process DivisionCSIR -Indian Institute of PetroleumDehradunIndia
  3. 3.Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR)-Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) G. B. MargBhavnagarIndia

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