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Transfer Hydrogenation in Ionic Liquids under Microwave Irradiation

Herwig Berthold, Theo Schotten*, Helmut Hönig

*Lilly Forschung GmbH, 22419 Hamburg, Germany, Email:

H. Berthold, T. Schotten, H. Hönig, Synthesis, 2002, 1607-1610.

DOI: 10.1055/s-2002-33349


A microwave-assisted, palladium-catalyzed catalytic transfer hydrogenation of different homo- or heteronuclear organic compounds using formate salts as a hydrogen source was performed in ([bmim][PF6]. Essentially pure products could be isolated in moderate to excellent yields by simple liquid-liquid extraction.

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Key Words

Microwaves, Ionic Liquids, Catalytic Transfer Hydrogenations (α,β-Unsaturated Compounds, Alkenes, Nitro Compounds), Formate Salts

ID: J66-Y2002-1600