Oppenauer oxidation

Op·​pen·​auer oxidation | \ ˈäpəˌnau̇(ə)r, -au̇ə- \

Definition of Oppenauer oxidation

: the oxidation of a saturated or unsaturated secondary alcohol (as cholesterol) to the corresponding ketone by reaction with acetone or other ketone in the presence of aluminum tert-butoxide or aluminum isopropoxide — compare meerwein-ponndorf reaction

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History and Etymology for Oppenauer oxidation

after Rupert V. Oppenaur 20th century Austrian chemist

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“Oppenauer oxidation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Oppenauer%20oxidation. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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