H2-O-T! Aromatic O-heterocycles are a challenging substrates for asymmetric hydrogenation (H2). An in situ formed chiral N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ruthenium complex allows the high yielding, completely regioselective, and highly asymmetric hydrogenation of substituted benzofurans at room Temperature, giving valuable 2,3-dihydrobenzofurans (see scheme).
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