Selective conversion of alcohols in water to carboxylic acids by in situ generated ruthenium trans dihydrido carbonyl PNP complexes

Jong-Hoo Choi, Leo E. Heim, Mike Ahrens, Martin H. G. Prechtl

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In this work, we present a mild method for direct conversion of primary alcohols into carboxylic acids with the use of water as an oxygen source. Applying a ruthenium dihydrogen based dehydrogenation catalyst for this cause, we investigated the effect of water on the catalytic dehydrogenation process of alcohols. Using 1 mol% of the catalyst we report up to high yields. Moreover, we isolated key intermediates which most likely play a role in the catalytic cycle. One of the intermediates was identified as a trans dihydrido carbonyl complex which is generated in situ in the catalytic process.
TidsskriftDalton Transactions
Udgave nummer46
Sider (fra-til)17248-17254
Antal sider7
StatusUdgivet - 2014
Udgivet eksterntJa

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