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Keywords:

  • aldehydes;
  • homogeneous catalysis;
  • hydroformylation;
  • hydrogenation;
  • rhodium
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The chemoselective reduction of aldehydes and the tandem hydroformylation–hydrogenation of terminal alkenes are possible with a supramolecular catalyst that operates by a novel mechanism involving substrate activation by hydrogen bonding and subsequent metal–ligand bifunctional hydrogenation (see scheme).