Ruthenium-catalysed hydroxycarbonylation of olefins

Ricarda Dühren, Peter Kucmierczyk, Ralf Jackstell, Robert Franke, Matthias Beller

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State-of-the-art catalyst systems for hydroxy- and alkoxycarbonylations of olefins make use of palladium complexes. In this work, we report a complementary ruthenium-catalysed hydroxycarbonylation of olefins applying an inexpensive Ru-precursor (Ru3(CO)12) and PCy3as a ligand. Crucial for the success of this transformation is the use of hexafluoroisopropanol (HFIP) as the solvent in the presence of an acid co-catalyst (PTSA). Overall, moderate to good yields are obtained using aliphatic olefins including the industrially relevant substrate di-isobutene. This atom-efficient catalytic transformation provides straightforward access to various carboxylic acids from unfunctionalized olefins.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2026-2030
Number of pages5
JournalCatalysis Science and Technology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 21 Mar 2021
Externally publishedYes


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