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Selective conversion of alcohols in water to carboxylic acids by in situ generated ruthenium trans dihydrido carbonyl PNP complexes

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Abstract

In this work, we present a mild method for direct conversion of primary alcohols into carboxylic acids with the use of water as an oxygen source. Applying a ruthenium dihydrogen based dehydrogenation catalyst for this cause, we investigated the effect of water on the catalytic dehydrogenation process of alcohols. Using 1 mol% of the catalyst we report up to high yields. Moreover, we isolated key intermediates which most likely play a role in the catalytic cycle. One of the intermediates was identified as a trans dihydrido carbonyl complex which is generated in situ in the catalytic process.

Graphical abstract: Selective conversion of alcohols in water to carboxylic acids by in situ generated ruthenium trans dihydrido carbonyl PNP complexes

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The article was received on 03 Jun 2014, accepted on 27 Jun 2014 and first published on 27 Jun 2014


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C4DT01634C
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2014,43, 17248-17254
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    Selective conversion of alcohols in water to carboxylic acids by in situ generated ruthenium trans dihydrido carbonyl PNP complexes

    J. Choi, L. E. Heim, M. Ahrens and M. H. G. Prechtl, Dalton Trans., 2014, 43, 17248
    DOI: 10.1039/C4DT01634C

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