Possibility of the Benzoic Acids Formation by Oxidation of Benzyl Chlorides in the Sand

Masakazu Yamashita, Masato Hata
2013 Journal of Environmental Protection  
Seeking the possibility of the formation of benzoic acids from benzyl halides in natural soil, a model oxidation reaction of the halides was carried out in the presence of water and soil in an open air under UV light irradiation. Addition of TiO 2 to soil raised the yield of the acid, implying such a metal oxide plays a real catalytic role in this oxidation. By these supplementary experiments, one of the possibilities for the formation of benzoic acids in natural soil from benzyl chlorides was supported.
doi:10.4236/jep.2013.41014 fatcat:oia6wacekngunftk4qmoj2fwcy