Waste-free electrochemical oxidation of alcohols in water

Giovanni Palmisano, Rosaria Ciriminna, Mario Pagliaro

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We describe a new sol-gel molecular electrode made of a thin layer of organosilica doped with the nitroxyl radical TEMPO (2,2,6,6- tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl) electrodeposited on the surface of an ITO-coated glass and its employment as a selective and versatile oxidation catalyst in the electrochemical conversion of different alcohols to carbonyl compounds. Environmentally friendly water or a water/acetonitrile mixture buffered with bicarbonate is used as solvent. The electrode is highly stable and it can be reused for a prolonged period of time allowing easy separation from the products.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)2033-2037
Number of pages5
JournalAdvanced Synthesis and Catalysis
Issue number15
StatePublished - Oct 2006


  • Alcohols
  • Carbonyl compounds
  • Electrochemistry
  • Green chemistry
  • Oxidation


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