Synthesis of Benzaldehyde with a molybdenum catalyst

Set up for a reflux apparatus, combine 20 mL of benzyl alcohol, 1 g of tetra-(n-butylpyridinium) octamolybdate catalyst and 24 mL of 30% hydrogen peroxide, reflux for 2h. Cool the mixture down to room temperature and distil the benzaldehyde, add some  anhydrous calcium chloride to the milky distillate to remove water.

 

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