Aromatic Side Chain Oxidation to Carboxylic Acid

Aromatic Side Chain Oxidation to Carboxylic Acid by Leah FischAromatic side chain oxidation is an interesting reaction. Benzene is not easily oxidized, nor is an alkane.

However, when attached to a benzene ring the benzylic carbon is susceptible to a unique oxidation yielding a benzoic acid.

This video walks you through the reaction including what to look out for along with multiple practice problems.


(Watch on YouTube: Side Chain Oxidation. Click CC on bottom right for transcript.)

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