Direct conversion of alcohols to acetals and H2 catalyzed by an acridine-based ruthenium pincer complex

Chidambaram Gunanathan, Linda J W Shimon, David Milstein

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Abstract

The crystallographically characterized ruthenium complex RuHCl(A-Pr-PNP)(CO) (1) [A-'Pr-PNP = 4,5-bis-(diisopropylphosphinomethyl) acridine], which bears a nonplanar acridine moiety, catalyzes in a neutral medium the transformation of primary alcohols to the corresponding acetals with the liberation of H2. In the presence of base, complex 1 catalyzes the dehydrogenative coupling of alcohols to form esters. Acetal formation may involve hemiacetal dehydration to form an enol ether followed by alcohol addition to the double bond.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3146-3147
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume131
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 11 2009

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Direct conversion of alcohols to acetals and H2 catalyzed by an acridine-based ruthenium pincer complex. / Gunanathan, Chidambaram; Shimon, Linda J W; Milstein, David.

In: Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 131, No. 9, 11.03.2009, p. 3146-3147.

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