Dehydrogenative Coupling of Primary Alcohols To Form Esters Catalyzed by a Ruthenium N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complex

Amanda Birgitte Sølvhøj, Robert Madsen

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Abstract

The ruthenium complex [RuCl2(IiPr)(p-cymene)] catalyzes the direct condensation of primary alcohols into esters and lactones with the release of hydrogen gas. The reaction is most effective with linear aliphatic alcohols and 1,4-diols and is believed to proceed with a ruthenium dihydride as the catalytically active species.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOrganometallics
Volume30
Pages (from-to)6044-6048
ISSN0276-7333
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Bibliographical note

Acknowledgement: We thank the Danish Council for Independent Research—Technology and Production Sciences for financial support.

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