María Elena González-Núñez

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Anhydrous 2-percarboxyethyl-functionalized silica (2b), a recyclable supported peracid, is a suitable reagent to perform the epoxidation of alkenes 1 in supercritical carbon dioxide at 250 bar and 40 °C under flow conditions. This procedure simplifies the isolation of the reaction products and uses only carbon dioxide as a solvent under mild conditions. The(More)
The oxygenation of n-butyl and n-butoxy chains bonded to silica with methyl(trifluoromethyl)dioxirane (1) revealed the ability of the silica matrix to release electron density toward the reacting C(2)-H σ-bond through the Si-C(1) and Si-O(1) σ-bonds connecting the alkyl chain to the surface (silicon β-effect). The silica surface impedes neither the alkyl(More)
Even in the context of hydrocarbons' general resistance to selective functionalization, methane's volatility and strong bonds pose a particular challenge. We report here that silver complexes bearing perfluorinated indazolylborate ligands catalyze the reaction of methane (CH(4)) with ethyl diazoacetate (N(2)CHCO(2)Et) to yield ethyl propionate(More)
Supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) is an effective reaction medium to perform the oxidation of primary and secondary aliphatic alcohols to the corresponding carbonyl compounds with chromium trioxide supported on silica. These reactions were performed by flowing a solution of the alcohol in scCO2 through a column containing the supported reagent and(More)
The detailed study of the oxidation of thianthrene 5-oxide (1) with methyl(trifluoromethyl)dioxirane (5b) in different solvents and in the presence of (18)O isotopic tracers is reported. Thianthrene 5-oxide (1) is a flexible molecule in solution, and this property allows for transannular interaction of the sulfoxide group with the expected zwitterionic 7(More)
[reaction: see text] Potassium peroxomonosulfate deposited onto silica SiO2 x KHSO5 efficiently reacts with ketones in dichloromethane at room temperature to give the corresponding esters or lactones in quantitative yields. This method avoids hydrolysis of the reaction products. The Baeyer-Villiger reaction is catalyzed by potassium hydrogensulfate present(More)
The development of catalytic methods for the effective functionalization of methane yet remains a challenge. The best system known to date is the so-called Catalytica Process based on the use of platinum catalysts to convert methane into methyl bisulfate with a TOF rate of 10(-3) s. In this contribution, we report a series of silver complexes containing(More)
The reactivity of individual C--H bonds in the methyl(trifluoromethyl)dioxirane TFDO oxygenation of stereogenic methylene groups in conformationally homogeneous monosubstituted cyclohexanes (2) has been determined. The unexpectedly high occurrence of O-atom insertion into C--H(ax) bonds suggests an in plane trajectory attack in the oxygenation while the(More)
Lithium β-ketocarboxylates 1(COOLi), prepared by reaction of lithium enolates 2(Li+) with carbon dioxide, readily decarboxylate in THF solution unless in the presence of lithium salts, in which case they are indefinitely stable at room temperature under inert atmosphere. The availability of stable THF solutions of lithium β-ketocarboxylates 1(COOLi) in the(More)
Two simple and straightforward procedures for determining the organic content of hybrid silica materials by means of conventional NMR and GC/MS techniques are described. The methods involve dissolving the hybrid material either in a concentrated solution of sodium hydroxide in deuterated water containing a suitable reference or in a solution of hydrogen(More)