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Racemization catalyst 5 c and the enzyme Candida antarctica lipase B were combined in a one-pot dynamic kinetic resolution (DKR) of primary amines in which a wide range of amines were transformed to their corresponding amides in up to 95 % isolated yield and >99 % ee. The DKR protocol was applicable with either isopropyl acetate or dibenzyl carbonate as the(More)
A general and benign iron-catalyzed α-alkylation reaction of ketones with primary alcohols has been developed. The key to success of the reaction is the use of a Knölker-type complex as catalyst (2 mol %) in the presence of Cs2 CO3 as base (10 mol %) under hydrogen-borrowing conditions. Using 2-aminobenzyl alcohol as alkylation reagent allows for the(More)
Methylation of secondary amines was achieved using dimethyl carbonate or diethyl carbonate as the C1 source under the catalysis of well-defined half-sandwich iron complexes bearing an N-heterocyclic carbene ligand. The reaction proceeded under mild conditions in the presence of hydrosilanes as the reductants, and the amines were obtained with good to(More)
Selective reduction of carboxylic acids either to aldehydes or alcohols is achieved using a one pot procedure based on iron-catalyzed hydrosilylations. Using phenylsilane and (COD)Fe(CO)(3) catalyst under UV-irradiation at rt, alcohols were obtained specifically in good yields, whereas aldehydes were selectively obtained using TMDS and (t-PBO)Fe(CO)(3)(More)
A family of four-coordinate Fe(II) complexes formed with N,N'-chelating amido-pyridine ligands was synthesized, and their magnetic properties were investigated. These distorted tetrahedral complexes exhibit significant magnetic anisotropy with zero-field splitting parameter D ranging between -17 and -12 cm(-1). Ab initio calculations enabled identification(More)
A very simple and inexpensive catalytic system based on abundant manganese as transition metal and on an inexpensive phosphine-free bidendate ligand, 2-(aminomethyl)pyridine, has been developed for the reduction of a large variety of carbonyl derivatives with 2-propanol as hydrogen donor. Remarkably, the reaction proceeds at room temperature with low(More)
The direct reduction of carboxylic acids to disilylacetals was achieved through a manganese catalyzed hydrosilylation reaction in the presence of triethylsilane under mild conditions, at r.t. and under UV irradiation (350 nm). The aldehydes were obtained in good to excellent yields after acidic hydrolysis.
Borrowing hydrogen (or hydrogen autotransfer) reactions represent straightforward and sustainable C-N bond-forming processes. In general, precious metal-based catalysts are employed for this effective transformation. In recent years, the use of earth abundant and cheap non-noble metal catalysts for this process attracted considerable attention in the(More)