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Since 1970 most vinyl acetate has been produced industrially from ethylene.The reaction is stoichiometric in Pd(II) which is reduced to Pd(0). The Pd(II) is oxidised by Cu(II), which itself is oxidised by O2. This is the same mechanism as used in the Wacker oxidation of ethene to acetaldehyde.
L. Kniel, O. Winter and K. Stork, Ethylene: Keystone to the Petrochemical Industry
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