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Organic letters

Asymmetric transfer hydrogenation of 1-naphthyl ketones by an ansa-Ru(II) complex of a DPEN-SO2N(Me)-(CH2)2(η(6)-p-Tol) combined ligand.


PMID 23509873

Abstract

The first second-generation designer Ru(II) catalyst 1b featuring an enantiopure N,C-(N-ethylene-N-methyl-sulfamoyl)-tethered (DPEN-κ(2)N,N')/η(6)-toluene hybrid ligand is introduced. Using an S/C = 1000 in HCO2H-Et3N 5:2 transfer hydrogenation medium, secondary 1-naphthyl alcohols are obtained in up to >99.9% ee under mild conditions. Mechanistic factors are discussed.