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Two Iron Catalysts are Better than One: A General and Convenient Reduction of Aromatic and Aliphatic Primary Amides


  • This work has been funded by the State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the BMBF, and the DFG (Leibniz-price). We thank Dr. W. Baumann, Dr. C. Fischer, S. Buchholz, S. Schareina, A. Kammer, A. Koch, S. Rossmeisl, and K. Mevius (all at the LIKAT) for their excellent technical and analytical support.


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It takes two: For the reduction of amides to amines iron catalysts were developed. A combination of two different iron catalysts made possible the challenging reduction of primary amides (see picture).

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