Title

Base-Free Iridium-Catalyzed Hydrogenation of Esters and Lactones

Abstract

Half-sandwich iridium bipyridine complexes catalyze the hydrogenation of esters and lactones under base-free conditions. The reactions proceed with a variety of ester and lactone substrates. Mechanistic studies implicate a pathway involving rate-limiting hydride transfer to the substrate at high pressures of H2 (≥50 bar).

Publication Title

ACS Catalysis

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