Electron transfer reduction of unactivated esters using SmI 2-H2O

Michal Szostak, Malcolm Spain, David J. Procter

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10254-10256
Number of pages3
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number37
StatePublished - Oct 7 2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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