Metal-free oxidation of secondary benzylic alcohols using aqueous TBHP

We report a simple, yet efficient metal-free oxidation of secondary benzylic alcohols in the presence of t-butyl hydroperoxide (70% TBHP) with high yields of up to 98%. This type of reaction can be carried out using a wide variety of substrates, requires no other organic solvent, and proves to be tolerant toward a variety of different functional groups.