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Current Research in Chemistry
  Year: 2011 | Volume: 3 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 16-28
DOI: 10.3923/crc.2011.16.28
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Homogeneous Catalytic Oxidation of Some Sugars: A Review

E.O. Odebunmi and A.S. Ogunlaja

The study of carbohydrates is one of the most exciting fields of organic chemistry. Carbohydrates serve as the chief fuel of biological system, supplying living cells with usable energy. Carbohydrates are the body’s primary source of energy. Energy is stored in the complex molecular structure of the carbohydrates when we metabolized the complex compounds, the atoms arrange themselves back into simple compounds and in the process, release their stored energy for our use. Carbohydrate must be burned or oxidized if energy to be released. An oxidation study of monosaccharide by different oxidizing agents is of special importance due to their biological relevance. The catalyzed oxidation provides a mild reaction condition and also gives an understanding of carbohydrate mechanism, because they can undergo a wide variety of reactions and give rise to different products. A brief report on some oxidation studies was also reported.
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How to cite this article:

E.O. Odebunmi and A.S. Ogunlaja, 2011. Homogeneous Catalytic Oxidation of Some Sugars: A Review. Current Research in Chemistry, 3: 16-28.

DOI: 10.3923/crc.2011.16.28






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