Manganese-Catalyzed Hydrogenation of Esters to Alcohols

Noel Angel Espinosa-Jalapa, Alexander Nerush, Linda J.W. Shimon, Gregory Leitus, Liat Avram, Yehoshoa Ben-David, David Milstein

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Homogeneous catalytic hydrogenation of esters to alcohols is an industrially important, environmentally benign reaction. While precious metal-based catalysts for this reaction are now well known, only very few catalysts based on first-row metal complexes were reported. Here we present the hydrogenation of esters catalyzed by a complex of earth-abundant manganese. The reaction proceeds under mild conditions and insight into the mechanism is provided based on an NMR study and the synthesis of novel Mn complexes postulated as intermediates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5934-5938
Number of pages5
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - May 2 2017


  • alcohols
  • esters
  • homogeneous catalysis
  • manganese
  • pincer complexes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry

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