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Chem Commun (Camb). 2007 Dec 28;(48):5134-42. Epub 2007 Aug 16.

Catalytic hydrogenation of polar organic functionalities based on Ru-mediated heterolytic dihydrogen cleavage.

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  • 1Department of Applied Chemistry, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Ookayama, Meguro, Tokyo, Japan.


This article highlights Ru complexes, which effect catalytic hydrogenation of polar organic functionalities containing C-O bonds other than aldehydes or ketones. The unique ability of Ru complexes to undergo heterolytic dihydrogen cleavage seems to play a key role in these catalyses.

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