A Tetradentate Ligand Enables Iron-Catalyzed Asymmetric Hydrogenation of Ketones in a CO- or Isocyanide-Free Fashion

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Original languageEnglish
Article numbere202301609
Journal / PublicationChemistry—A European Journal
Issue number56
Online published24 Jul 2023
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2023


We herein reported the design and synthesis of a ferrocene-based tetradentate ligand that is featured with modular synthesis and rigid skeleton. Its iron(II) complex facilitates asymmetric direct hydrogenation of ketones without the participation of extra strong-field ligand such as CO and isocyanide. Hydride donor lithium aluminum hydride (LAH) converted non-reactive Fe(II) species to reactive Fe(II) hydride species. With this catalyst, various chiral alcohols including the intermediate for montelukast could be prepared with satisfactory yields and enantioinduction. © 2023 Wiley-VCH GmbH.

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  • asymmetric hydrogenation, iron catalysis, ketone, strong-field ligand, tetradentate ligand