Catal. Sci. Technol., 2017, Advance Article
Catalytic amounts of titanocene(III) borohydride, generated under mild conditions from commercially available titanocene dichloride, in concert with a stoichiometric hydride source is shown to effectively reduce aldehydes and ketones to their respective alcohols in aprotic media.
Catalysis Science & Technology
Catalytic carbonyl hydrosilylations viaa titanocene borohydride–PMHS reagent system
Reduction of a wide range of aldehydes and ketones with catalytic amounts of titanocene borohydride in concert with a stoichiometric poly(methylhydrosiloxane) (PMHS) reductant is reported. Preliminary mechanistic studies demonstrate that the reaction is mediated by a reactive titanocene(III) complex, whose oxidation state remains constant throughout the reaction.
Phenyl methanol (2-c) was prepared from benzaldehyde (1-c) by the procedure outlined
in GP1. NMR analysis showed 100% conversion in 1 hour. 86% isolated yield of alcohol
product was obtained after complete workup.