Homogeneous catalysis in water: A remarkable salt effect in the hydrogenation of propionaldehyde with RuCl2(tppts)3 and related complexes [tppts = (m-NaSO3C6H4) 3P]

Eric Fache, François Senocq, Catherine Santini, Jean Marie Basset*

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New water soluble RuII complexes, e.g. RuHl(tppts)3 [tppts = (m-NaSO3C6H4)3P], exhibit in the presence of various salts an extremely high catalytic activity in the hydrogenation of aldehydes, mechanistic studies indicating clearly that the salt effect occurs both via the cation and the anion in the catalytic cycle; the electrophilic cation favours an unusual type of aldehyde coordination and reaction mechanism as the anion modifies the coordination sphere around the ruthenium atom.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1776-1778
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications
Issue number24
StatePublished - 1990

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