Dual Rh−Ru Catalysts for Reductive Hydroformylation of Olefins to Alcohols

Fábio M.S. Rodrigues, Peter K. Kucmierczyk, Marta Pineiro, Ralf Jackstell, Robert Franke, Mariette M. Pereira, Matthias Beller

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An active and selective dual catalytic system to promote domino hydroformylation–reduction reactions is described. Apart from terminal, di- and trisubstituted olefins, for the first time the less active internal C−C double bond of tetrasubstituted alkenes can also be utilized. As an example, 2,3-dimethylbut-2-ene is converted into the corresponding n-alcohol with high yield (90 %) as well as regio- and chemoselectivity (>97 %). Key for this development is the use of a combination of Rh complexes with bulky monophosphite ligands and the Ru-based Shvo's complex. A variety of aromatic and aliphatic alkenes can be directly used to obtain mainly linear alcohols.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2310-2314
Number of pages5
Issue number14
StatePublished - 20 Jul 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • alcohols
  • homogeneous catalysis
  • rhodium
  • ruthenium
  • tandem reactions


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