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Chem Commun (Camb). 2005 Apr 7;(13):1755-7. Epub 2005 Feb 7.

Highly efficient conjugate reduction of alpha,beta-unsaturated nitriles catalyzed by copper/xanthene-type bisphosphine complexes.

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Department of Molecular Science and Technology, Ajou University, Suwon, Korea 443-749.

Abstract

Alpha,beta-unsaturated nitriles are chemoselectively reduced to the corresponding saturated nitriles in high yields using a copper-DPEphos or Xantphos complex as catalyst in the presence of polymethylhydrosiloxane (PMHS) as the stoichiometric reducing agent and t-butanol as additive.

PMID:
15791322
DOI:
10.1039/b418586b
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