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Acetaldehyde can be oxidised to acetic anhydride using Cu(I) acetate catalyst.

The mechanism is complicated. A radical abstracts H from acetaldehyde forming an acetyl radical which is oxidised to the acetyl cation by a Cu2+ ion. The acetyl cation reacts with acetic acid to give acetic anhydride. At the same time, peracetic acid is formed which oxidises Cu+ to Cu2+.

Industrial Organic Chemistry, 3rd. Ed. K. Weissermel, H.-J. Arpe, VCH (1997)

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Industrial Process: Organic
Oxidation: Of Substrate By Reagent
Radical Substitution

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