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Reduction of ketones to alcohols using a decaborane/pyrrolidine/cerium(III) chloride system in methanol

Jong Woo Bae, Seung Hwan Lee, Yeon Joo Jung, Choon-Ock Maing Yoon and Cheol Min Yoon*

*Department of Life Science & Biotechnology, Graduate school of Biotechnology, Korea University, 1, 5-Ka, Anam-Dong Sungbuk-Ku, Seoul, 136-701 Korea, Email:

J. W. Bae, S. H. Lee, Y. J. Jung, C.-O. M. Yoon, C. M. Yoon, Tetrahedron Lett., 2001, 42, 2137-2139.

DOI: 10.1016/S0040-4039(01)00005-3


Decaborane was found to be an effective agent for the chemoselective reduction of ketones to alcohols in the presence of pyrrolidine and cerium(III) chloride heptahydrate in methanol.

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Key Words

Luche reduction, reduction of ketones, decaborane, pyrrolidine, cerium chloride heptahydrate, alcohol, decaborane

ID: J72-Y2001-380