Hydrogen transfer reduction of ketones using formic acid as a hydrogen donor under hydrothermal conditions

Zheng Shen, Fang Ming Jin, Ya Lei Zhang, Bing Wu, Jiang Lin Cao

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Abstract

The hydrothermal experiments with ketones and formic acid showed that the hydrogen transfer reduction of ketones can be conducted using formic acid as a hydride donor in the presence of NaOH at 300 °C. The yield of alcohols was considerably higher at a much lower ratio of hydrogen source to ketones than the traditional Meerwein-Ponndorf-Verley (MPV) reduction, reaching 60% for isopropanol from acetone and 70% for lactic acid from pyruvic acid. Water molecules may act as a catalyst in the hydrogen transfer reduction of ketones under hydrothermal conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1631-1635
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Zhejiang University: Science A
Volume10
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Formic acid
  • Hydrogen transfer reduction
  • Hydrothermal reaction
  • Ketone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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