Ceric Ammonium Nitrate
In organic synthesis, is useful as an oxidant for many functional groups as well as C–H bonds, especially those that are benzylic. alkenes undergo dinitroxylation, although the outcome is solvent-dependent. Quinones are produced from catechols and hydroquinones and even nitroalkanes are oxidized. Can provides an alternative to the Nef reaction; Catalytic amounts of aqueous can allow the efficient synthesis of quinoxaline derivatives. Can is traditionally used to release organic ligands from metal carbonyls. Can is used to convert para-methoxybenzyl and 3,4-dimethoxybenzyl ethers, which are protecting groups for alcohols. Can is also a component of chrome etchant, a material that is used in the production of photomasks and liquid crystal displays.