New ruthenium catalysts for asymmetric transfer hydrogenation of prochiral ketones

Stephan Enthaler, Bernhard Hagemann, Santosh Bhor, Gopinathan Anilkumar, Man Kin Tse, Bianca Bitterlich, Kathrin Junge, Giulia Erre, Matthias Beller

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Tridentate N,N,N-pyridinebisimidazolines have been studied as new ligands for the enantioselective transfer hydrogenation of prochiral ketones. High yields and excellent enantioselectivity up to >99 % ee have been achieved with an in situ generated catalytic system containing dichlorotris(triphenylphosphine)ruthenium and 2,6-bis-([4R,5R]-4,5-diphenyl-4,5- dihydro-1H-imidazol-2-yl)-pyridine (3a) in the presence of sodium isopropoxide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)853-860
Number of pages8
JournalAdvanced Synthesis and Catalysis
Issue number6
StatePublished - Apr 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Asymmetric transfer hydrogenation
  • Ketones
  • Phosphines
  • Ruthenium
  • Tridentate nitrogen ligands


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