Synfacts 2007(9): 0959-0959  
DOI: 10.1055/s-2007-968868
Metal-Catalyzed Asymmetric Synthesis and Stereoselective Reactions
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Hydrogenation of α-Hydroxy Ketones Catalyzed by MsDPEN-CP*Ir(III)

Contributor(s): Hisashi Yamamoto, Matthew B. Boxer
T. Ohkuma*, N. Utsumi, M. Watanabe, K. Tsutsumi, N. Arai, K. Murata
Hokkaido University, Sapporo and Kanto Chemical CO., Inc., Saitama, Japan
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Publication Date:
23 August 2007 (online)


Aromatic α-hydroxy ketones are hydrogenated in very high yields with very high enantioselectivity. This class of ketones has not been successfully hydrogenated prior to this report. The low catalyst loading (S/C = 6000:1) is quite a nice feature. The ligand structure of the Ir catalyst was found to be crucial for reactivity and selectivity.