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Selective Oxidation of Organic Substrates to Partially Oxidized Products

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Technology Marketing Summary

Rapid and controlled rate of catalysis, utilizing ozone for oxidation of alcohols to ketones or aldehydes, is made possible with this environmentally friendly and versatile technology.


Ozone is recognized as a potent and effective oxidizing agent with numerous commercial uses as described in the marketing brief of ISURF 03338 to which patent 7,618,546 issued. Further research by Ames Laboratory researchers discovered the potential for selective oxidation in an environentally friendly way to obtain, for example, aldehydes or ketones. The versatile properties of aldehydes or ketones make them valuable starting materials for numerous products and the application of the environmentally friendly and simple process eliminates toxic compounds.

  • Rapid and controlled rate of catalysis
  • Environmentally friendly (ozone naturally decomposes to oxygen)
  • Versatile (may be used for any applications and/or substrates for which ozone is used as an oxidant)
Applications and Industries

Oxidation of alcohols to aldehydes or ketones.

More Information

Technology has been tested and proven effective.

Patents and Patent Applications
ID Number
Title and Abstract
Primary Lab
Patent 8,507,730
Selective oxidation of organic substrates to partially oxidized products
Selective oxidation of organic substrates to partially oxidized products by ozone in acetonitrile solvent, using Fe(II) catalysis.
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