Oxidation of different groups of organic compounds, with hydrogen peroxide by non-heavymetal
containing low-molecular-weight compounds is reviewed. Since hydrogen peroxide is inactive
toward most of the organic substrates, catalytic in situ activation of the terminal oxidant is necessary.
The bases, acids, iodine and bromine, selenium compounds, flavines, triazines, amines, N-oxides, thioureas,
nitriles and ketones, aluminium compounds and carbon materials are representative catalysts. They
are involved in oxygen and electron transfer processes whose mechanisms are briefly discussed. Their
applications in practical synthesis for the oxidative transformations of different organic compounds are