Sterically driven metal-free oxidation of 2,7-di-tert-butylpyrene

Tarek H. El-Assaad, Keshaba N. Parida, Marcello F. Cesario, Dominic V. McGrath

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We disclose an unprecedented single-step metal-free green oxidation of 2,7-di-tert-butylpyrene selectively into either the corresponding 4,5-dione or 4,5,9,10-tetraone, two key building blocks used for organic optoelectronic applications using hypervalent iodine oxyacids. This new method results in dramatic improvements in terms of yield, selectivity (dionevs. tetraone), ease of workup, cost and toxicity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5966-5971
Number of pages6
JournalGreen Chemistry
Issue number18
StatePublished - Sep 21 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution


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