Efficient hydrogenation of biomass-derived cyclic di-esters to 1,2-diols

Ekambaram Balaraman, Eran Fogler, David Milstein

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The unprecedented homogeneous hydrogenation of cyclic di-esters, in particular biomass-derived glycolide and lactide, to the corresponding 1,2-diols is catalyzed by Ru(ii) PNN (1) and Ru(ii) CNN (2) pincer complexes under mild hydrogen pressure and (in the case of 1) neutral conditions. No racemization was observed when a chiral di-ester was used.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1111-1113
Number of pages3
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Jan 4 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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