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para-Xylene is oxidised to terephthalic acid with oxygen. Oxidation of the second methyl function is more difficult that the first. Several methods proceed via the dimethyl ester.The Amoco process uses liquid phase oxidation with a cobalt/manganese/bromide catalyst system. The reaction proceeds via bromine radical abstraction of benzylic hydrogen.
Alan Heaton (Ed.) An Introduction to Industrial Chemistry, Blackie (1996)
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