We found that α-aryl aldehydes can be cleaved to chain-shortened carbonyl compounds and formaldehyde by various iodosylbenzene complexes. A mechanistic scheme is presented that accounts for the loss of one carbon atom. Formaldehyde is further oxidized to CO and CO(2) under the reaction conditions.
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