Sébastien Perdriau, Prof. Dr. Sjoerd Harder, Prof. Dr. Hero J. Heeres and Prof. Dr. Johannes G. de Vries Selective Conversion of Polyenes to Monoenes by RuCl3-Catalyzed Transfer Hydrogenation: The Case of Cashew Nutshell Liquid ChemSusChem 5
A nutty mechanism is found in the transfer hydrogenation of cardanol, which is a phenolic polyene constituent of cashew nutshell liquid, to the monoene with RuCl3 and isopropanol (see picture). It turns out that the catalyst is homogeneous and the substrate forms the ligand.
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