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Dehydrogenative Oxidation of Alcohols in Aqueous Media Using Water-Soluble and Reusable Cp*Ir Catalysts Bearing a Functional Bipyridine Ligand

Ryoko Kawahara, Ken-ichi Fujita* and Ryohei Yamaguchi*

*Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, Sakyo-ku Kyoto 606-8501, Japan, Email:,

R. Kawahara, K.-i. Fujita, R. Yamaguchi, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134, 3643-3646.

DOI: 10.1021/ja210857z


A water-soluble Cp*Ir complex bearing a bipyridine-based functional ligand can be used as catalyst for a dehydrogenative oxidation of various primary and secondary alcohols to aldehydes and ketones, respectively without any oxidant. The catalyst can be reused.

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Key Words

Aldehydes, Ketones, Green Chemistry

ID: J48-Y2012-0450