Enzyme-inspired functional surfactant for aerobic oxidation of activated alcohols to aldehydes in water

Batian Chen, Konstantin Bukhriakov, Rachid Sougrat, Valentin Rodionov

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Abstract

We describe an enzyme-inspired catalytic system based on a rationally designed multifunctional amphiphile. The resulting micelles feature metal-binding sites and stable free radical moieties as well as fluorous pockets that attract and preconcentrate molecular oxygen. In the presence of copper ions, the micelles effect chemoselective aerobic alcohol oxidation under ambient conditions in water, a transformation that is challenging to achieve nonenzymatically.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1313-1317
Number of pages5
JournalACS Catalysis
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 27 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis

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