Synthesis of linear aldehydes from internal olefins in water

Holger Klein, Ralf Jackstell, Matthias Beller

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We show here, for the first time, that the carbonylation of internal olefins in a biphasic water system is possible. It is shown that control of the pH and CO partial pressure are important factors for successful reactions. Interestingly, the water-soluble catalyst leads to significantly higher regioselectivity compared to similar catalysts soluble in organic solvents. The obtained nli-selectivities exceed aD known literature data and the catalyst can be easily reused several times.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2283-2285
Number of pages3
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number17
StatePublished - 7 May 2005
Externally publishedYes


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