Novel oxidative aromatic alkene cleavage with sodium nitrite under mild conditions

<p>We have developed a simple and practical process for the oxidation of aromatic alkene to the corresponding carbonyl compounds using NaNO<sub>2</sub> as an oxidant. The practical utility of this oxidative process has been demonstrated in the gram-scale oxidation of 1-(<i>tert</i>-butyl)-4-vinylbenzene.</p>