Broader, greener, and more efficient: Recent advances in asymmetric transfer hydrogenation

  • Wang C
  • Wu X
  • Xiao J
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Asymmetric transfer hydrogenation has become a practically useful tool in reduction chemistry in the last decade or so. This was largely triggered by the seminal work of Noyori and co-workers in the mid-1990s and is driven by its complementing chemistry to hydrogenation employing H(2). This Focus Review attempts to present a "holistic" overview on the advances in the area, focusing on the achievements recorded around the last three years. These include more-efficient and "greener" metal catalysts, catalysts that enable hydrogenation as well as transfer hydrogenation, biomimetic and organocatalysts, and their applications in the reduction of C==O, C==N, and C==C bonds. Also highlighted are efforts in the development of environmentally benign and reusable catalytic systems.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Asymmetric catalysis
  • Green chemistry
  • Homogenous catalysis
  • Hydrogenation
  • Organocatalysis

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