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Applications of Lanthanide Trichloride Hydrates Prepared from Mischmetall in Luche-Type Reduction

Marie-Isabelle Lannou, Florence Hélion, Jean-Louis Namy*

*Laboratoire de Catalyse Moléculaire, ICMMO, Bât 420, Université Paris-Sud, 91405, Orsay, France, Email:

M.-I. Lannou, F. Hélion, J.-L. Namy, Synlett, 2007, 2707-2710.

DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-991062


An inexpensive alloy of light lanthanides, called Mischmetall, can simply be converted in aqueous hydrochloric acid to a mixture of lanthanide trichloride hydrates. These complexes exhibited the same reactivity as cerium trichloride in the sodium borohydride 1,2-reduction of enones.

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Key Words

Mischmetall, lanthanide trichlorides, Luche-type reaction, Sodium Borohydride

ID: J60-Y2007-3530