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Keywords:

  • homogeneous catalysis;
  • hydrogenation;
  • iron complexes;
  • ketones;
  • pincer ligands
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Reductions made easy: A highly efficient iron catalyst effects the homogeneous hydrogenation of ketones under very mild conditions (see scheme). A mechanism including the insertion of the ketone into the Fe[BOND]H bond, followed by addition of hydrogen to a dearomatized intermediate is proposed.