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Alcohols and aldehydes are oxidised to the corresponding methyl esters by reaction with methanol in the presence of crotononitrile as a hydrogen acceptor using a catalyst combination of Ru(PPh3)(3)(CO)H-2 with xantphos.
- hydrogen transfer
Owston, N. A., Nixon, T. D., Parker, A. J., Whittlesey, M. K., & Williams, J. MJ. (2009). Conversion of Primary Alcohols and Aldehydes into Methyl Esters by Ruthenium-Catalysed Hydrogen Transfer Reactions. Synthesis, 9, 1578-1581. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0028-1088026