Swern oxidation

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The mild organic oxidation of primary or secondary alcohols to aldehydes or ketones with a mixture of oxalyl chloride, dimethylsulfoxide and triethylamine is called the Swern oxidation.

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The advantages of this method compared to chromium(VI) reagents such as Jones reagent or PCC are the use of less toxic substances and that a further oxidation to the carboxylic acid is not possible with these reagents. One problem is that the by-product, dimethyl sulfide, is a volatile liquid (B.P. 37 °C) with an unpleasant odour- so the work-up needs to be performed in a fume-cupboard (hood).

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