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Microwaves Make Hydroformylation a Rapid and Easy Process

Elena Petricci, André Mann, Angèle Schoenfelder, Andrea Rota and Maurizio Taddei*

*Dipartimento Farmaco Chimico Tecnologico, Università degli Studi di Siena, Via A. Moro, 53100 Siena, Italy, Email:

E. Petricci, A. Mann, A. Schoenfelder, A. Rota, M. Taddei, Org. Lett., 2006, 8, 3725-3727.

DOI: 10.1021/ol061312v


Hydroformylation of alkenes can be carried out in a few minutes under microwave activation at a relatively low pressure (2.7 atm) using commercially available catalysts and ligands. After 4 min of microwave irradiation, the corresponding aldehyde is formed in high yield.

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Key Words

Hydroformylation, Microwave Synthesis, Ionic Liquids

ID: J54-Y2006-2450