Transition Metal Chemistry

, Volume 44, Issue 2, pp 167–173 | Cite as

Efficient aerobic photooxygenation of aldehydes to carboxylic acids using cobalt(II) phthalocyanine sulfonate as a photosensitizer in organic-water biphasic media

  • Mahdi HajimohammadiEmail author
  • Zahra Ahmadi Khamesi
  • Parisa Nosrati


The aerobic oxidation of a variety of aromatic aldehydes to the corresponding carboxylic acids by molecular oxygen in the presence of 4-carboxyl tetraphenylporphyrin (H2TCPP), methylene blue (MB), cobalt(II) phthalocyanine sulfonate (CoPcS) and FeTCPPCl as water-soluble photosensitizers in organic-water biphasic media at room temperature under either visible light or sunlight is described. The products were obtained with 25–100% conversion and 100% selectivity. This method has a wide range of applicabilities, has a straightforward workup procedure, is chemoselective and proceeds under mild reaction conditions. The resulting products were obtained in good yields in reasonable times.



Financial support of this work by Iran National Science Foundation (INSF) no. 96005616, and Research Council of Kharazmi University are gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of ChemistryKharazmi UniversityTehranIran

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