Metal-catalyzed selective deoxygenation of diols to alcohols

Marcel Schlaf, Prasenjit Ghosh, Paul J. Fagan, Elisabeth Hauptman, R. Morris Bullock

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The internal OH group of 1,2-propanediol is selectively removed in the deoxygenation catalyzed by [{Cp*Ru(CO)2}2(μ-H)]+OTf - (1, Cp*=C3Me5, OTf=trifluoromethanesulfonate; see scheme). This reaction provides a model for deoxygenation of polyols derived from carbohydrates, for use in alternative, biomass-based feedstock applications. An ionic mechanism is proposed that involves the dihydrogen complex [Cp*Ru(CO)22-H2)]+.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3887-3890
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - Oct 15 2001


  • Alcohols
  • Deoxygenation
  • Homogeneous catalysis
  • Hydrido complexes
  • Hydrogenation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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