Case Study: Greener Oxidation
Oxidation reactions are commonly performed in the organic chemistry laboratory course. The reactions are typically performed using chromium compounds, such as pyridinium chlorochromate (PCC), one of the most common oxidizing reagents. Chromium compounds are known to be carcinogenic and many also have reproductive and developmental hazards associated with them. A greener method for performing this reaction is described that uses a molybdenum catalyst.