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Highly active in situ catalysts for anti-Markovnikov hydration of terminal alkynes.


PMID 17134289

Abstract

The anti-Markovnikov hydration of terminal alkynes to give aldehydes is catalyzed by complexes derived in situ from air-stable [CpRu(eta6-naphthalene)]PF6 (C) and 6-aryl-2-diphenylphosphinopyridines (L). Ligands L are readily available from a modular synthesis. Increasing the size of the ligand C-6 aryl group in the order R = Ph < mesityl < 2,4,6-triisopropylphenyl < (2,4,6-triphenyl)phenyl gave hydration catalysts of highest known activity. [reaction: see text]