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Keywords:

  • aldehydes;
  • esters;
  • homogeneous catalysis;
  • hydrido ligands;
  • rhodium;
  • Tishchenko reaction
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No sooner said than done: A rhodi- um(III) hydride complex is an outstandingly effective and selective catalyst for the dimerization of aldehydes to the corresponding esters (see scheme). Evidence for an unusual mechanism in catalysis by rhodium is given.