Ruthenium-catalysed reductive cleavage of allylic esters with formic acid and triethylamine. Application to short-step synthesis of α-hydroxy acids

Yooichiroh Maruyama, Takao Sezaki, Masafumi Tekawa, Toshiaki Sakamoto, Isao Shimizu, Akio Yamamoto

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Ruthenium-catalysed reductive cleavage reactions of allylic carboxylates and carbonates with formic acid and triethylamine to give olefins were explored. As an application of the ruthenium-catalysed processes, a new synthetic route to α-hydroxy acids has been discovered. The reductive cleavage of allylic esters is considered to proceed through π-allylruthenium intermediates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-264
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1994 Jun 28



  • Allyl
  • Catalysis
  • Formic acid
  • Reductive cleavage
  • Ruthenium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Materials Chemistry

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