Catalytic Reduction of Esters
Dr. Dmitri G. Goussev
Department of Chemistry
Wilfrid Laurier University
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
C2-361 (Reading Room)
Abstract: Reduction of esters is a common reaction in organic chemistry, however, the classical methods using main-group hydrides are hazardous and they are accompanied by excessive formation of chemical waste. New ruthenium and osmium complexes from our laboratory are today’s most efficient and chemoselective catalysts facilitating the green ester reduction process affording alcohols under H2, under basic or neutral conditions at 40 – 100 °C, while using 0.01 - 0.05 mol% catalyst loading.
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