Facile conversion of alcohols into esters and dihydrogen catalyzed by new ruthenium complexes

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

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An efficient, environmentally benign method for the preparation of esters from alcohols under mild, neutral conditions without the need for carboxylic acid derivatives and condensing agents was developed. Catalyst design, based on new Ru(II) hydrido carbonyl complexes incorporating electron-rich PNP and PNN ligands has resulted in the novel complex (I) which is an outstanding catalyst for the dehydrogenation of primary alcohols to esters and H2 under neutral conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10840-10841
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number31
Publication statusPublished - Aug 10 2005


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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