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Volume 105, 2009
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Synthetic methods

Part (ii) Oxidation and reduction methods

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This Report highlights advances in some of the most commonly used oxidation and reduction reactions, focusing on the literature from 2008. Significant advances in oxidation chemistry include site-selective epoxidation of polyprenols,6 bis(hydroxamic acid) ligands for vanadium(V)-catalysed highly enantioselective epoxidation of cis-disubstituted olefins,40 a direct catalytic aziridination of styrenes with ammonia112 and an aerobic ruthenium-catalysed alkene to aldehyde oxidation displaying non-Wacker regiochemistry.133 Significant advances in reduction chemistry include adaptive supramolecular “METAMORPhos” ligands for asymmetric alkene hydrogenation,160 early main-group metal catalysts for alkene hydrogenation181 and the use of “frustrated Lewis pairs” to effect H2 bond scission for imine and nitrile reduction.191

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First published
22 Jul 2009

Annu. Rep. Prog. Chem., Sect. B: Org. Chem., 2009,105, 35-74
Article type
Review Article

Synthetic methods

S. E. Lewis, Annu. Rep. Prog. Chem., Sect. B: Org. Chem., 2009, 105, 35
DOI: 10.1039/B822050F

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