Fenton’s reagent

What is Fenton’s reagent?

The preparation of carbonyl compounds by oxidizing hydroxy compounds can be achieved using Fenton’s reagent, which is a mixture of H2O2 and Fe(II) salts.

Variants of this reagent include the Ruff-Fenton method for sugar degradation, hydroxylation of aromatic compounds, photo-Fenton degradation, and the incorporation of radical inhibitors.

Fenton’s reagent is also useful for destroying catalysts and eventually mineralizing contaminants, as well as for the oxygenation of hydrocarbons or sulfur compounds, leading to extraction and catalytic oxidative desulfurization.