The Oxidation of Organic Compounds by Metal Complexes in Zeolites

  • Chadwick A. Tolman
  • Norman Herron


The selective oxidation of organic compounds to desired products has long been a challenge to chemists. The industrial oxidation of hydrocarbons to useful oxygenated compounds is commercially important and is carried out on a very large scale — on the order of several billons of pounds per year. The reactions are usually carried out at high temperatures(>150°C) and pressures,1 and often leave much to be desired in terms of selectivity. The difficultylies in the fact that the desired products are often themselves easily oxidizable, so that a certain percentage of the carbon is inevitably lost to CO and CO2, and other byproducts.


Adipic Acid Hydrogen Abstraction Bond Dissociation Energy Iron Porphyrin Hydrogen Basis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chadwick A. Tolman
    • 1
  • Norman Herron
    • 1
  1. 1.Central Research and Development DepartmentE. I. DuPont de Nemours & Co.WilmingtonUSA

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