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Oxidation of terminal olefins to methyl ketones by Jones reagent is catalyzed by mercury(II)

Oxidation of terminal olefins to methyl ketones by Jones reagent is catalyzed by mercury(II)

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    The oxidation of terminal olefins by Jones reagent in the presence of a catalytic quantity of mercury (II) affords good yields (>70%) of the corresponding methyl ketones. Similar oxidations of 1,2-distributed olefins gives fair (20-70%) yields; in the case of unsymmetrically substituted olefins, mixtures are produced.