Partial oxidation of light alkanes by periodate and chloride salts

Dalton Trans. 2015 Mar 28;44(12):5294-8. doi: 10.1039/c5dt00558b.


The efficient and selective partial oxidation of light alkanes using potassium periodate and potassium chloride is reported. Yields of methane functionalization in trifluoroacetic acid reach >40% with high selectivity for methyl trifluoroacetate. Periodate and chloride also functionalize ethane and propane in good yields (>20%).