Reduction and Coupling Reactions of Carbonyl Compounds Using Samarium Metal in Aqueous Media
Sanjay Talukdar and Jim-Min Fang
*Department of Chemistry, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan 106, Republic of China, Email: jmfangntu.edu.tw
S. Talukdar, J.-M. Fang, J. Org. Chem., 2001, 66, 330-333.
Sm in aqueous HCl is an environmentally benign reducing agent. Whereas aromatic carbonyls underwent pinacol coupling reactions in an efficient manner in Sm/2 M HCl/THF, unimolecular reductions of aliphatic aldehydes provided alcohols.
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pinacol coupling, reduction of carbonyl compounds, samarium (low valent)