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Issue 37, 2011
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Electron transferreduction of unactivated esters using SmI2–H2O

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Abstract

The reduction of unactivated esters using samarium diiodide is reported for the first time. The optimised protocol allows for the reduction of primary, secondary and tertiary alkyl esters in excellent yields and is competitive with reductions mediated by metal hydrides and alkali metals.

Graphical abstract: Electron transfer reduction of unactivated esters using SmI2–H2O

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Submitted
05 Jul 2011
Accepted
02 Aug 2011
First published
22 Aug 2011

Chem. Commun., 2011,47, 10254-10256
Article type
Communication

Electron transfer reduction of unactivated esters using SmI2–H2O

M. Szostak, M. Spain and D. J. Procter, Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 10254
DOI: 10.1039/C1CC14014K

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