An iron catalyst for ketone hydrogenations under mild conditions

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(Chemical Equation Presented) Doing it on the cheap: An iron-based homogeneous catalyst for ketone hydrogenation was reported, thus avoiding the use of a precious metal. Excellent yields and chemoselectivity for hydrogenation are found under mild conditions (25°C, 3 atm H2). An ionic hydrogenation mechanism allows the delivery of a proton from the OH group and a hydride from the metal center (see picture).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7360-7363
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number39
Publication statusPublished - Oct 16 2007


  • Homogeneous catalysis
  • Hydrides
  • Hydrogenation
  • Iron
  • Proton transfer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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