Homogeneous cobalt-catalysed hydrogenation reactions

Kathrin Junge, Matthias Beller

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The use of homogeneous cobalt complexes in various catalytic hydrogenations of olefins, carbonyl compounds, nitriles, and unsaturated heterocyclic substrates including mechanistic aspects are summarised. Furthermore, the transformation of carbon dioxide to methanol, formic acid derivatives or DMF and as an alkylation agent in homogeneous cobalt-catalysed processes is discussed. Additionally, examples for the asymmetric hydrogenation of functionalised alkenes, prochiral ketones, or imines utilising cobalt catalysts are presented, yielding enantioselectivities of up to 99% ee. Emphasis is given on the recent developments applying cobalt-based catalysts with multidentate ligands.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCobalt Catalysis in Organic Synthesis
Subtitle of host publicationMethods and Reactions
Number of pages42
ISBN (Electronic)9783527814831
ISBN (Print)9783527344505
StatePublished - 10 Dec 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Aldehyde
  • Carbon dioxide
  • Carboxylic acid ester
  • Cobalt
  • Hydrogenation
  • Imine
  • Ketone
  • N-heterocycles
  • Nitrile
  • Olefin


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