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Highly Efficient Rhodium-Catalyzed Transfer Hydrogenation of Nitroarenes into Amines and Formanilides

Yawen Wei, Jianjun Wu, Dong Xue, Chao Wang*, Zhaotie Liu, Zhuozhuo Zhang, Guangfu Chen, Jianliang Xiao*

*School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi'an 710062, P. R. of China, Email:,

Y. Wei, J. Wu, D. Xue, C. Wang, Z. Liu, Z. Zhang, G. Chen, J. Xiao, Synlett, 2014, 25, 1295-1298.

DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1341250


In the presence of iodide ions, an efficient and selective rhodium-catalyzed transfer hydrogenation of nitroarenes with formic acid as the hydrogen source takes place to give amines or formanilides.

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Key Words

reduction of nitro compounds, hydrogenation, nitroarenes, amines, amides, catalysis, rhodium, formic acid

ID: J60-Y2014