A triruthenium carbonyl cluster bearing a bridging acenaphthylene ligand: An efficient catalyst for reduction of esters, carboxylic acids, and amides by trialkylsilanes

Kouki Matsubara, Takafumi Iura, Tomoyuki Maki, Hideo Nagashima

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An efficient reduction of carboxylic acids, esters, and amides with trialkylsilanes is accomplished using a triruthenium carbonyl cluster bearing a bridging acenaphthylene ligand, (μ3235 -acenaphthylene)Ru3(CO)7, as the catalyst. Preactivation of the catalyst by hydrosilanes accelerates the reactions. Sterically small trialkylsilanes are effective in these reactions. Reduction of carboxylic acids and amides efficiently produces the corresponding silyl ethers and amines, respectively. Reduction of esters gives a mixture of silyl and alkyl ethers, but can be controlled by changing the silanes and solvents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4985-4988
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - Jul 12 2002


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  • Organic Chemistry

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