Biomimetic transfer hydrogenation of ketones with iron porphyrin catalysts

Stephan Enthaler, Giulia Erre, Man Kin Tse, Kathrin Junge, Matthias Beller

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For the first time in situ generated iron porphyrins have been applied as homogeneous catalysts for the transfer hydrogenation of ketones. Using 2-propanol as hydrogen source various ketones are reduced to the corresponding alcohols in good to excellent yield and selectivity. Under optimized reaction conditions high catalyst turnover frequencies up to 642 h-1 are achieved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8095-8099
Number of pages5
JournalTetrahedron Letters
Issue number46
StatePublished - 13 Nov 2006
Externally publishedYes


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