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N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Ruthenium Complexes for the Racemization of Chiral Alcohols

Johann Bosson and Steven P. Nolan*

*EaStCHEM School of Chemistry, University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews KY16 9ST, U.K., Email:

J. Bosson, S. P. Nolan, J. Org. Chem., 2010, 75, 2039-2043.

DOI: 10.1021/jo1001005


Well-defined 16-electron ruthenium complexes bearing an N-heterocyclic carbene ligand are active catalysts in the racemization of chiral alcohols. Mechanistic considerations are presented.

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Key Words

Alcohols, Benzyl Alcohols

ID: J42-Y2010-0720