Oxidation of alcohols by transfer hydrogenation: driving the equilibrium with an intramolecular trap

N J Wise, J M J Williams

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Abstract

Levulinic acid and its esters participate in transfer hydrogenation with a range of secondary alcohols. Reduction of the levulinate leads to cyclisation into a gamma-lactone, thereby acting as an oxidant for alcohols without the need for a large excess of reagents. (c) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3639-3641
Number of pages3
JournalTetrahedron Letters
Volume48
Issue number21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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