Non-Enzymatic Dynamic Kinetic Resolution of Secondary Aryl Alcohols: Planar Chiral Ferrocene and Ruthenium Catalysts in Cooperation


  • Financial support from Vetenskapsrådet and the Carl Trygger Foundation is acknowledged.


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“Ruth” helps iron! A novel method for the non-enzymatic dynamic kinetic resolution (DKR) of secondary aryl alcohols by the use of the planar chiral ferrocene derivative (+)-1 in combination with the ruthenium racemization catalyst 2 yields acetylated alcohols in high enantioselectivity and yield. This development opens opportunities for new developments in the field of non-enzymatic dynamic kinetic resolution.