Metal-free syn-dioxygenation of alkenes

Rawling, Michael and Tomkinson, Nick (2013) Metal-free syn-dioxygenation of alkenes. Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 11 (9). pp. 1434-1440. ISSN 1477-0520 (

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Reactions employing inexpensive reagents from sustainable sources and with low toxicity are becoming increasingly desirable from an academic and industrial perspective. A fascinating example of a synthetic transformation that requires development of alternative procedures is the osmium catalysed dihydroxylation. Recently there has been considerable interest in achieving this reaction through metal-free procedures. This review describes the methods available for metal-free syn-dioxygenation of alkenes.