Synlett 1994; 1994(10): 833-835
DOI: 10.1055/s-1994-23022
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Reduction of Carboxylic Esters and Acids by Polymethylhydrosiloxane catalysed by Titanium and Zirconium alkoxides

Simon W. Breeden* , Nicholas J. Lawrence
  • *Chemistry Department, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, Manchester, M60 1QD, UK
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22 March 2002 (online)

A range of carboxylic esters and acids has been converted efficiently to the corresponding alcohols with polymethylhydrosiloxane in the presence of titanium (IV) isopropoxide or zirconium (IV) ethoxide; a stereogenic centre adjacent to the ester is unaffected.