Ruthenium pincer-catalyzed acylation of alcohols using esters with liberation of hydrogen under neutral conditions

Boopathy Gnanaprakasam, Yehoshoa Ben-David, David Milstein

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Acylation of secondary alcohols using non-activated esters, in particular symmetrical esters (such as ethyl acetate), is achieved under neutral conditions with the liberation of molecular hydrogen. This unprecedented, environmentally benign reaction is homogenously catalyzed by a dearomatized ruthenium pincer PNN complex.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3169-3173
Number of pages5
JournalAdvanced Synthesis and Catalysis
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - Dec 17 2010



  • acylation
  • dehydrogenation
  • homogeneous catalysis
  • ruthenium pincer complex
  • transesterification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry

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