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Organic & biomolecular chemistry

Organocatalysts immobilised onto gold nanoparticles: application in the asymmetric reduction of imines with trichlorosilane.


PMID 19590783

Abstract

Gold nanoparticles functionalised with a valine-derived formamide have been developed as effective homogenous catalysts for the asymmetric reduction of ketimine 1 with trichlorosilane (< or = 84% ee) in toluene. This methodology both simplifies the recovery of the catalyst and its separation from the product, as the nanoparticles can be readily removed and subsequently recycled by precipitation from the reaction mixture.