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Till Winkler, Prof. Dr. Harald Gröger and Prof. Dr. Werner Hummel Enantioselective Rearrangement Coupled with Water Addition: Direct Synthesis of Enantiomerically Pure Saturated Carboxylic Acids from α,β-Unsaturated Aldehydes ChemCatChem 6

Version of Record online: 11 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201300764

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Making a splash with citral: The direct one-pot transformation of α,β-unsaturated aldehydes to saturated carboxylic acids using only water proceeds with perfect atom economy. This tandem process involves two redox biotransformations without need of additional external co-substrates for cofactor regeneration. With, for example, citral as prochiral α,β-unsaturated aldehyde, transformation to (S)-citronellic acid proceeds with >99 % conversion and >99 % ee.

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