Document Type : Original Paper


Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Tehran North Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.


By exposing to NaClO aqueous solution (commercial bleach), NiBr2 is transformed quantitatively into an insoluble nickel oxide hydroxide species. This compound contains large surface area and is a beneficial heterogeneous catalyst for oxidizing numerous organic materials. The oxidation of aldehydes and primary alcohols to carboxylic acids and secondary alcohols to ketones is showed with 1 mol % of NiBr2 catalyst and NaClO as the terminal oxidant. It is demonstrated that the controlled and selective oxidizing of numerous organic compounds with this system resulting in 55-95 % separation yields and 87-95 % purity. In most cases, the oxidations can be carried out with no organic solvent, causing this method attractive as a “greener” substitute to traditional oxidations.