An improved Bouveault-Blanc ester reduction with stabilized alkali metals.

@article{Bodnar2009AnIB,
  title={An improved Bouveault-Blanc ester reduction with stabilized alkali metals.},
  author={Brian S Bodnar and Paul F Vogt},
  journal={The Journal of organic chemistry},
  year={2009},
  volume={74 6},
  pages={2598-600}
}
Significantly improved Bouveault-Blanc conditions for ester reduction have been developed using sodium in silica gel (Na-SG), a free-flowing powder that can be easily handled in the open atmosphere. Primary alcohols were prepared in excellent yield from a variety of aliphatic esters under mild reaction conditions. The chemistry presented here is far safer than the classic Bouveault-Blanc reduction and is competitive with more modern hydride reduction methods.