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The method has been largely displaced by oxidation methods based on chromates (e.g. PCC) or dimethyl sulfoxide (e.g. Swern oxidation) or Dess-Martin oxidation. It is still used for the oxidation of acid labile substrates. An advantage of the Oppenauer reaction is its use of relatively inexpensive and non-toxic reagents.
A variation that uses trichloroacetaldehyde and aluminium oxide is able to selectively oxidize secondary alcohols, leaving primary alcohols unchanged.
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