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Electron transfer reduction 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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The article was received on 05 Jul 2011, accepted on 02 Aug 2011 and first published on 22 Aug 2011


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C1CC14014K
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2011,47, 10254-10256
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    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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