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Highly Efficient Reduction of Aldehydes with Silanes in Water Catalyzed by Silver

Zhenhua Jia, Mingxin Liu, Xingshu Li, Albert S. C. Chan, Chao-Jun Li*

*Department of Chemistry and FQRNT Center for Green Chemistry and Catalysis, McGill University, 801 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 0B8, Canada, Email:

Z. Jia, M. Liu, X. Li, A. S. C. Chan, C.-J. Li, Synlett, 2013, 24, 2049-2056.

DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1339660


A highly efficient silver-catalyzed chemoselective method enables the reduction of aldehydes to their corresponding alcohols in water by using hydrosilanes as reducing agents. Ketones remained essentially inert under the same reaction conditions.

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Key Words

reduction of aldehydes, silanes, silver, water, green chemistry

ID: J60-Y2013