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Silver-Catalyzed Hydrogenation of Aldehydes in Water


  • We are grateful to the Canada Research Chair Foundation (to C.-J.L.), the CFI, FQRNT Center for Green Chemistry and Catalysis, NSERC, and McGill University for support of our research. Z.-H.J. thanks the support from the Oversea Study Program of Guangzhou Elite Project for financial support.


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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.

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