Catalytic Oxidation of Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Sulphides

by Heteropoly Metalates

B.Viswanathan and Athilakshmi

Department of Chemistry Indian Institute of Technology, Madras 600 036, India.


Oxidising behaviour of both simple and substituted heteropoly compounds was investigated under homogeneous conditions in the presence of H2O2 and t-BuOOH with organic sulphides and alkyl benzenes as substrates. Activity of these catalysts depends on the nature of the substrates used as well as the oxidising agent employed. The mechanistic aspects of the reaction are also elucidated.