Two kinds of cobalt(II)phthalocyanines covalently bound to polyorganosiloxane (POS) were prepared to be applied as catalysts for the oxidation of 3-methylindole in organic solvents. The catalytic activity of the POS whose carboxyl residues were methyl-esterified was high compared with that of the POS which has carboxyl residues. The former polymeric atalyst exhibited higher catalytic activity than monomolecular phthalocyanine, indicating an appearance of effects of polymer chains. The factors which influence the catalytic oxidation, e.g., polymer conformations, basicity of solvents, and equilibrium involving phthalocyanine monomer and the dimer, are discussed. It has become apparent that polymer conformation influences catalytic activity and that the catalytic activity of the POS, whose main chains are mobile, is high.
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