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ERIC Number: EJ827391
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
The Baeyer-Villiger Oxidation with Trifluoroacetic Acid and Household Sodium Percarbonate
Kjonaas, Richard A.; Clemons, Anthony E.
Journal of Chemical Education, v85 n6 p827-828 Jun 2008
A method for carrying out the Baeyer-Villiger oxidation of cyclopentanone to [delta]-valerolactone in a large-section introductory organic chemistry laboratory course is reported. The oxidizing agent is trifluoroperoxyacetic acid generated in situ from trifluoroacetic acid and household sodium percarbonate such as OxiClean, Oxi Magic, or Oxy-Boost. A class of 27 students can easily carry out the reaction and record a [to the first power]H NMR spectrum within a 3-hour lab period. Students typically report a 50% yield of isolated material. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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