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I read in my text that Ceric Ammonium Nitrate is used for oxidation of primary alcohols. But the surprising part was that, according to the book, it could oxidise aromatic methyl group to a -CHO group. Is this actually true? enter image description here

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  • $\begingroup$ This review should tell you. pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/cr068408n?src=recsys $\endgroup$ – Waylander Jun 21 at 19:14
  • $\begingroup$ I would imagine that it proceeds via a single electron transfer, and the first step would be to create the benzyl alcohol. $\endgroup$ – Zhe Jun 21 at 19:23

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