Dehydrogenative cross-coupling of primary alcohols to form cross-esters catalyzed by a manganese pincer complex

Uttam Kumar Das, Yehoshoa Ben-David, Gregory Leitus, Yael Diskin-Posner, David Milstein

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Base-metal-catalyzed dehydrogenative cross-coupling of primary alcohols to form cross-esters as major products, liberating hydrogen gas, is reported. The reaction is catalyzed by a pincer complex of earth-abundant manganese in the presence of catalytic base, without any hydrogen acceptor or oxidant. Mechanistic insight indicates that a dearomatized complex is the actual catalyst, and indeed this independently prepared dearomatized complex catalyzes the reaction under neutral conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)479-484
Number of pages6
JournalACS Catalysis
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 4 2019



  • cross-ester
  • dehydrogenation
  • hydrogen
  • manganese
  • pincer complex
  • primary alcohol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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