Cobalt Pincer Complexes for Catalytic Reduction of Carboxylic Acid Esters

Kathrin Junge, Bianca Wendt, Andrea Cingolani, Anke Spannenberg, Zhihong Wei, Haijun Jiao, Matthias Beller

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A selection of cobalt(I) and cobalt(II) pincer type complexes with different substitution patterns was tested in the catalytic reduction of carboxylic acid esters to alcohols. The cobalt pincer type complex 4 is suitable for the hydrogenation of aromatic as well as aliphatic and cyclic esters. Mechanistic investigation indicated a metal ligand cooperated reaction pathway.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1046-1052
Number of pages7
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - 24 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • alcohol
  • cobalt
  • ester
  • hydrogenation
  • pincer complexes


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