Conversion of Primary Alcohols and Aldehydes into Methyl Esters by Ruthenium-Catalysed Hydrogen Transfer Reactions

N A Owston, Tracy D Nixon, A J Parker, Michael K Whittlesey, Jonathan MJ Williams

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1578-1581
Number of pages4
JournalSynthesis
Volume9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2009

Keywords

  • esters
  • catalysis
  • alcohols
  • hydrogen transfer
  • ruthenium

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