Immobilized molybdenum acetylacetonate complex on expanded starch for chemoselective oxidation of sulfides to sulfoxides with <i>t</i>-BuOOH at room temperature

2017-07-12T14:23:59Z (GMT) by Mei Hong Jun-Min Yan
<p></p> <p>We explored a highly efficient protocol for the oxidation of alkyl aryl sulfides to sulfoxides with high selectivities catalyzed by a molybdenum acetylacetonate complex immobilized on expanded corn starch (ECS-MoO<sub>2</sub>(acac)<sub>2</sub>) in the presence of 70% <i>t</i>-BuOOH solution (water). We obtained predominantly the monooxygenated product. The resulting products were obtained in good to excellent yields within a reasonable time. The catalyst could readily be separated from the reaction mixture and reused for several runs without significant loss in catalytic efficiency.</p>