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Keywords:

  • copper;
  • homogeneous catalysis;
  • hydrogenation;
  • ketones;
  • P ligands
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Not so precious! The combination of copper acetate and chiral monodentate ligands allows the enantioselective hydrogenation of carbonyl compounds to take place in good to high yields with moderate to good enantioselectivities (see scheme).