Chemoselective Formation of Unsymmetrically Substituted Ethers from Catalytic Reductive Coupling of Aldehydes and Ketones with Alcohols in Aqueous Solution
Nishantha Kalutharage and Chae S. Yi*
*Department of Chemistry, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-1881 United States, Email: chae.yimarquette.edu
N. Kalutharage, C. S. Yi, Org. Lett., 2015, 17, 1778-1781.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.orglett.5b00553 (free Supporting Information)
A well-defined cationic Ru-H complex catalyzes reductive etherification of aldehydes and ketones with alcohols using water as the solvent and cheaply available molecular hydrogen as the reducing agent to afford unsymmetrical ethers in a highly chemoselective manner.
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