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Keywords:

  • homogeneous catalysis;
  • hydrogenation;
  • silver;
  • synthetic methods;
  • water
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Silver bullet: The first silver-catalyzed hydrogenation in water was developed. A silver complex containing a bulky monodentate phosphine ligand was used to generate alcohols from a broad range of aldehydes, including aliphatic, aromatic, and heterocyclic aldehydes. This method provides a direct and efficient route to alcohols from aldehydes and opens a new avenue in silver catalysis.