The oxidation of alcohols was performed successfully in a disperse system with N-oxyl-adsorbed or immobilized silica gel as a disperse phase and aqueous NaOCl as a disperse medium. In the disperse system, the oxidation of sec-alcohols afforded the corresponding ketones, while prim-alcohols were oxidized to aldehydes and/or carboxylic acids depending on their structures and reaction conditions. The N-oxyl-immobilized silica gel was recovered and repeatedly used without a significant change in the product yields. A column-flow system was also investigated for the oxidation of alcohols by use of a newly devised column packed with the N-oxyl-immobilized silica gel.
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