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Indium Tri(isopropoxide)-Catalyzed Selective Meerwein-Ponndorf-Verley Reduction of Aliphatic and Aromatic Aldehydes

Jaeyoung Lee, Taekyu Ryu, Sangjune Park and Phil Ho Lee*

*Department of Chemistry, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon 200-701, Republic of Korea, Email:

J. Lee, T. Ryu, S. Park, P. H. Lee, J. Org. Chem., 2012, 77, 4821-4825.

DOI: 10.1021/jo300236u


Indium tri(isopropoxide)-catalyzed Meerwein-Ponndorf-Verley reduction of aliphatic and aromatic aldehydes in 2-propanol gave selectively the corresponding primary alcohols in good to excellent yields at room temperature. The reaction tolerates a wide range of functional groups including alkene, ether, ketone, ester, nitrile, and nitro.

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Key Words

Meerwein-Ponndorf-Verley Reduction, iPrOH, Indium

ID: J42-Y2012-1510