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The Remarkable Effect of a Simple Ion: Iodide-Promoted Transfer Hydrogenation of Heteroaromatics

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I can do it! Accelerated by simple iodide ions, rhodium-catalysed transfer hydrogenation can be readily performed on quinolines, isoquinolines and quinoxalines, affording the tetrahydro products in high yields with low catalyst loading (see scheme).

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