Hydrogenation of esters catalyzed by ruthenium PN3-Pincer complexes containing an aminophosphine arm

Tao Chen, Huaifeng Li, Shuanglin Qu, Bin Zheng, Lipeng He, Zhiping Lai, Zhi Xiang Wang, Kuo Wei Huang

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Hydrogenation of esters under mild conditions was achieved using air-stable ruthenium PN3-pincer complexes containing an aminophosphine arm. High efficiency was achieved even in the presence of water. DFT studies suggest a bimolecular proton shuttle mechanism which allows H2 to be activated by the relatively stable catalyst with a reasonably low transition state barrier.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4152-4155
Number of pages4
Issue number15
StatePublished - Aug 11 2014

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