Open Journal of Synthesis Theory and Applications
Vol.2 No.3(2013), Article ID:34870,4 pages DOI:10.4236/ojsta.2013.23011

Microwave-Assisted Oxidation of Organic Compounds with Cetyltrimethylammonium Chlorochromate

Mohammd Kazem Mohammadi

Faculty of Science, Ahvaz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ahvaz, Iran


Copyright © 2013 Mohammd Kazem Mohammadi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Received November 9, 2012; revised May 11, 2013; accepted June 2, 2013

Keywords: Oxidation; Organic Compounds; Chlorochromate; Microwave Irradiation


An efficient and mild methodology for oxidation of organic compounds is described using Cetyltrimethylammonium Chlorochromate (CTMACC) under microwave irradiation. The reactions are performed cleanly and are controlled to stop at aldehyde stage, without over-oxidation and side products. Oxidation of organic compounds to their corresponding carbonyl compouds, are studied under microwave radiation. The easy procedure, simple workup, short reaction times, and excellent yields, are another advantages of this reagent.

1. Introduction

Microwave-assisted organic synthesis (MAOS) is a new and quickly developing area in synthetic organic chemistry.

This synthetic technique has been based on the empirical observation that some organic reactions proceed much faster and with higher yields under microwave irradiation compared to conventional heating. In many cases reactions that normally require many hours at reflux temperature under classical conditions can be completed within several minutes or even seconds in a microwave oven, even at comparable reaction temperatures. While different hypotheses have been proposed to account for the effect of microwaves on organic reactions, the reason for such dramatic acceleration effects remains largely unknown. Regardless of the exact origin of the microwave effect, it is extremely efficient and applicable to a very broad range of practical syntheses.

The oxidation of alcohols to carbonyl compounds is a fundamental transformation in organic chemistry since carbonyl compounds are widely used as intermediates both in manufacturing and research [1]. Although the oxidation of organic compounds under non-aqueous conditions has become an effective technique for modern organic synthesis [2], the methods still suffer some disadvantages including the cost of preparation, long reaction time, and tedious work-up procedures. In recent years, oxidation processes have received much attention, especially in the search for selective and environmentally friendly oxidants [3-8].

Microwave synthesis is a new technique for conducting chemical reactions. Acceleration of organic reactions by microwaves has been largely proven elsewhere, and in many cases, microwave techniques have become more effective than conventionally conducted reactions [9-12].

Moreover, in a number of applications, reactions under microwave conditions can provide pure products in high yield [13-15].

Recently, using reactants adsorbed on inorganic supports and microwave activation, Varma et al. [16-20] have published several examples of oxidation reactions of alcohols to carbonyl compounds as well as sulfides to sulfoxides and sulfones. Under similar conditions (KMnO4 adsorbed on alumina), Loupy et al. [21] have converted aromatic hydrocarbons to aromatic ketones; whereas Palombi et al. [22] reported alcohols oxididation using t-butyl hydroperoxide supported on zeolites. In the present paper we report a fast and facile microwave accelerated oxidation of primary alcohols to aldehydes and secondary alcohols to ketones. The Oxidation reactions of some alcohols and pol yarenes by CTMABC using conventional method have been reported earlier by us [23].

2. Experimental

2.1. Material and Methods

CrO3 (Merck, P.A.) was used without further purification. Solvents were purified by standard methods. Chrommium, was estimated iodometrically. In the case of the reduced product of the oxidant, chromium was determined after oxidizing with acidic peroxodisulfate (K2S2O8) solution. Melting points are measured on an Electrothermal 9100 melting point apparatus.

Experiments were carried out in closed vessel multi mode Microsynth Milstone laboratory microwave oven using a 900 Watts WestPoint microwave operating at 3.67 GHz with an internal volume of 0.9 m. All experiments had good reproducibility by repeat the experiments in same conditions.

2.2. General Procedure for Synthesis of CTMABC

Cetyltrimethylammonium Bromochromate (CTMABC) was prepared by the reported method (Scheme 1) [23].

C19H42BrCrNO3: calc. C, 49.14; H, 9.05; N, 3.01. Found: C, 48.76; H, 9.19; N, 2.95. 1H NMR (CDCl3): d 3.31 (s, 9 H), 3.25 (t, 2 H), 1.73 (t, 2 H), 1.30 (s, 26 H), 95 (t, 3 H).

IR (KBr): 904 cm1 ν1 (A1) or ν (CrO3), 394 cm1 ν2 (A1) or ν (Cr-Br), 940 cm1 ν4 (E) or ν (CrO3) cm1.

This procedure can be performed on a 250-g scale without any difficulty.

2.3. General Procedure for Oxidation of Alcohols and Polyarenes under Microwave Irradiation

In a small-scale experiment CTMABC (1 mmol) was suspended in dichloromethane (ca. 2 ml) and an alcohol (l mmol in 0.5 to 1.5 ml of CH2Cl2) was rapidly added at room temperature and the resulting mixture stirred vigorously for the appropriate time. The mixture was irradiated for the time indicated in the table by microwave radiation (3.67 GHZ, 300 W) (Table 1). The molar ratio of substrate to oxidant was 1:1 in the case of alcohols and 1:2 in the case of polycyclic arenes (antracene and phenantrene). The solution became homogeneous briefly before the black-brown reduced reagent precipitated. The progresses of the reactions were monitored by TLC and UV/Visible spectrophotometr (at 352 nm). Analysis of the reaction mixture for the corresponding carbonyl compound was accomplished by the procedure reported

Scheme 1. Cetyltrimethylammonium Chloromochromate (CTMACC).

in earlier papers. All products were known and determined with melting point comparison with the published manuscript [23-25]. The above procedure may be carried out on 1 - 100 g scales without any problem.

3. Results

In this paper, CTMABC was used for the oxidation of some alcohols and polycyclic arenes under microwave irradiation in CH2Cl2 as solvent. This method offers some advantages in term of simplicity of performance, simple operation condition, no side product formation, very low reaction time and a wide range of substrates can be converted to their corresponding aldehydes and ketones. In addition, the reduced reagent CH3(CH2)15 N(CH3)3CrO2 Br could also be recycled after oxidation that means the possibility of re using of this reagent.

CTMABC was very well reagent for the oxidant based on quaternary ammonium halochromates. In our research on oxidation processes, we chose CTMABC as an oxidant; because it was been proven to be a useful oxidant in some reactions including the oxidation of alcohols [23]. CTMABC as an oxidant was a very well suited reagent for microwave synthesis, because as an ionic and magnetically retrievable material, it carries a benefit of efficient conversion of electromagnetic energy into heat according to the dielectric heating mechanism.

The versatility of the procedure was further demonstrated by the oxidation of some natural products such as menthol and the carbohydrate derivatives to corresponding ketones respectively (Scheme 2).

Table 1 summarizes the products, yields and times of reaction of CTMABC with Various alcohols and polyarenes.

The carbonyl compounds were obtained with satisfac tory yield and in a short time (87% - 95%, 8 - 23 min) (Table 1) as compare to articles that published earlier by us [23].

The primary alcohols (entry 1a-2a, 7a) were turned into the desired aldehydes without over oxidizing them to carboxylic acids. The reactivity of the secondary alcohols (entry 3a-6a, 8a-9a) seems to be slightly lower, but the addition of higher amount of the oxidant did not increase the yield of desired ketones. It seems that oxidation is also efficient for oxidation of polycyclic arenes such as anthracene and phenanthrene (10a-11a) in microwave irradiation with compare to conventional heating. This

Scheme 2. Oxidation of carbohydrate derivatives with CTMACC.

Table 1. oxidation of some organic compounds with CTMABC, under microwave irradiation.

efficiency is best significant in reduction of reaction time as compare to conventional heating method.

4. Conclusion

In conclusion, we have described a highly efficient microwave-induced modification of conventional heating procedure for the oxidation of alcohols that allows for the rapid synthesis of aldehydes or ketones. The advantages of this environmentally benign and safe protocol include a simple reaction set-up, application of commercially available quaternary ammonium salts and catalysts, high product yields, short reaction times as well as the elimination of side products.

5. Acknowledgements

The author wishes to thank Dr. Sh. Ghammamy, Department of Chemistry, Imam Khomeini International University, Iran, for many helpful and valuable discussions.


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