6. Hydrogenation and Transfer Hydrogenation in Water

  1. Prof. Dr. Pierre H. Dixneuf2,3 and
  2. Dr. Victorio Cadierno4
  1. Xiaofeng Wu and
  2. Jianliang Xiao

Published Online: 4 JAN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9783527656790.ch6

Metal-Catalyzed Reactions in Water

Metal-Catalyzed Reactions in Water

How to Cite

Wu, X. and Xiao, J. (2013) Hydrogenation and Transfer Hydrogenation in Water, in Metal-Catalyzed Reactions in Water (eds P. H. Dixneuf and V. Cadierno), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527656790.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 2

    CNRS-Université de Rennes 1, Catalyse et Organométalliques, Campus de Beaulieu, Bat10c, 35042 Rennes Cedex, France

  2. 3

    UMR 6226: CNRS – Université de Rennes, Laboratoire “Organométalliques, Matériaux, Catalyse”, Institut Sciences Chimiques de Rennes, 35042 Rennes, France

  3. 4

    Universidad de Oviedo, Departamento de Química Orgánica e Inorgánica, Instituto Universitario de Química Organometálica, “Enrique Moles” (Unidad Asociada al CSIC), Facultad de Química, Julían Clavería 8, 33006 Oviedo, Spain

Author Information

  1. University of Liverpool, Department of Chemistry, Liverpool Centre for Materials and Catalysis, Crown Street, Liverpool, L69 7ZD, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 JAN 2013
  2. Published Print: 16 JAN 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527331888

Online ISBN: 9783527656790



  • reduction;
  • asymmetric reduction;
  • hydrogenation;
  • transfer hydrogenation;
  • water


This chapter summarizes the major advances in aqueous-phase reduction made in the past one decade or so. The coverage includes water-soluble ligands and catalysts, hydrogenation and transfer hydrogenation drawing examples from both achiral and chiral reactions, and a brief discussion on the role of water. Various functional groups are featured, including C=C, C=O, C=N, CO2, NO2, and arenes. While homogeneous metal catalysts are the focal point, examples of heterogeneous reduction are also highlighted, so are biomimetic catalysts.