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Pyridine N-oxide is used in the treatment of Kayser's disease. It is widely used in chemical industry. It can act as catalytic agent.
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Mild oxidant for conversion of unactivated alkyl halides to aldehydes or ketones: J. Org. Chem., 22, 1135 (1957); 35, 244 (1970); Tetrahedron, 33, 1845 (1977). Substituted acetic acids and their anhydrides: J. Org. Chem., 38, 3737 (1973), as well as ɑ-bromo and ɑ-chloro acids: J. Org. Chem., 31, 3058 (1966); J. Am. Chem. Soc., 89, 4968 (1967), can undergo oxidative decarboxylation to aldehydes and ketones.