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Baeyer-Villiger Oxidation

Baeyer-Villiger Oxidation: Proof of Mechanism

Strong evidence for the postulated mechanism was obtained by using O18-labeled benzophenone. The label was found entirely in the carbonyl oxygen of the produced ester while none was detected in the alkoxy group.

Labeled benzophenone
Baeyer-Villiger oxidation with isotope labeling
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