Selective iron-catalyzed transfer hydrogenation of terminal alkynes

Gerrit Wienhöfer, Felix A. Westerhaus, Rajenahally V. Jagadeesh, Kathrin Junge, Henrik Junge, Matthias Beller

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A novel iron-catalyzed transfer hydrogenation of alkynes to the corresponding alkenes applying formic acid as a hydrogen donor is reported. An in situ combination of Fe(BF4)2·6H2O and tetraphos allows for highly selective hydrogenation of a broad range of aromatic and aliphatic alkynes tolerating different functional groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4827-4829
Number of pages3
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number40
StatePublished - 23 Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes


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