Non-Pincer-Type Manganese Complexes as Efficient Catalysts for the Hydrogenation of Esters

Robbert van Putten, Evgeny A. Uslamin, Marcel Garbe, Chong Liu, Angela Gonzalez-de-Castro, Martin Lutz, Kathrin Junge, Emiel J.M. Hensen, Matthias Beller, Laurent Lefort, Evgeny A. Pidko

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Catalytic hydrogenation of carboxylic acid esters is essential for the green production of pharmaceuticals, fragrances, and fine chemicals. Herein, we report the efficient hydrogenation of esters with manganese catalysts based on simple bidentate aminophosphine ligands. Monoligated Mn PN complexes are particularly active for the conversion of esters into the corresponding alcohols at Mn concentrations as low as 0.2 mol % in the presence of sub-stoichiometric amounts of KOtBu base.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7531-7534
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition in English
Issue number26
StatePublished - 19 Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • alcohols
  • esters
  • homogeneous catalysis
  • hydrogenation
  • manganese


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