Efficient homogeneous catalytic hydrogenation of esters to alcohols

Jing Zhang, Gregory Leitus, Yehoshoa Ben-David, David Milstein

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Abstract

(Chemical Equation Presented) With open arms: A ruthenium PNN complex (see scheme) catalyzes the hydrogenation of esters in high yields under neutral conditions. The analogous PNP complex is less active. A mechanism is proposed based on the hemilabile nature of the PNN ligand which allows a vacant site to be created by decoordination of the -CH2NEt2 arm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1113-1115
Number of pages3
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Volume45
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 6 2006

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Keywords

  • Alcohols
  • Esters
  • Homogeneous catalysis
  • Hydrogenation
  • Ruthenium

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  • Chemistry(all)

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Efficient homogeneous catalytic hydrogenation of esters to alcohols. / Zhang, Jing; Leitus, Gregory; Ben-David, Yehoshoa; Milstein, David.

In: Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, Vol. 45, No. 7, 06.02.2006, p. 1113-1115.

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Zhang, Jing ; Leitus, Gregory ; Ben-David, Yehoshoa ; Milstein, David. / Efficient homogeneous catalytic hydrogenation of esters to alcohols. In: Angewandte Chemie - International Edition. 2006 ; Vol. 45, No. 7. pp. 1113-1115.
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