Acta Chimica Sinica ›› 2019, Vol. 77 ›› Issue (7): 598-612.DOI: 10.6023/A19050166 Previous Articles     Next Articles



顾雪松, 李校根, 谢建华, 周其林   

  1. 南开大学化学学院元素有机化学研究所 天津 300071
  • 投稿日期:2019-05-12 发布日期:2019-06-20
  • 通讯作者: 谢建华
  • 作者简介:顾雪松,南开大学博士研究生.2012年毕业于哈尔滨师范大学.2015年于内蒙古大学化学化工学院获得硕士学位.现在南开大学化学学院攻读博士学位.主要研究领域为不对称催化氢化反应研究及应用;李校根,南开大学博士研究生.2015年毕业于河北科技大学.现在南开大学化学学院攻读博士学位.主要研究领域为羧酸衍生物的催化氢化
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Recent Progress in Homogeneous Catalytic Hydrogenation of Esters

Gu Xuesong, Li Xiaogen, Xie Jianhua, Zhou Qilin   

  1. State Key Laboratory and Institute of Elemento-organic Chemistry, College of Chemistry, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071
  • Received:2019-05-12 Published:2019-06-20
  • Supported by:

    Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 21532003, 21790332, 21871152), and the "111" Project of the Ministry of Education of China (No. B06005).

The reduction of esters to alcohols is one of the most important chemical transformations in the production of fine chemicals, such as pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemicals, fragrances, and biofuels. Homogeneous catalytic hydrogenation of esters represents a green, atom-economic, and sustainable alternative to conventional stoichiometric approaches, avoiding the generation of large amount of wastes and the difficulties arose in work-up procedure by using metal hydride reductants. Although challenges still exist, significant progress has been made in catalytic hydrogenation of esters over the last ten years. Numerous transition metal catalysts including noble metal (such as ruthenium, osmium, and iridium) complexes and base metal catalysts (such as iron, cobalt, and manganese) have been developed for the hydrogenation of esters. The ligands of the catalysts have been well studied. A wide range of bidentate ligands including diamines, amino-phosphines, pyridine-amines, N-heterocyclic carbene-amines, and bipyridines, tridentate pincer ligands containing diethylamine and pyridine skeletons, tetradentate ligands containing pyridine and bipyridine skeletons have been applied in the hydrogenation of esters. The efficiency of hydrogenation of esters has been significantly improved, and the highest turnover number (TON) reached 90000 for the hydrogenation of benchmark substrates such as ethyl acetate, ethyl benzoate, and γ-valerolactone. A significant breakthrough has also been made in the catalytic asymmetric hydrogenation of esters to chiral primary alcohols. The asymmetric hydrogenations of ketoesters, racemic δ-hydroxyesters, and racemic α-aryl/alkyl substituted lactones provided efficient methods for the asymmetric synthesis of optically active chiral diols including chiral 1,5-diols and 1,4-diols. The significant progress achieved in recent years in the area of homogeneous catalytic hydrogenation of esters to alcohols is presented in this review. The focus of this review are the development of ligands and catalysts, and the advances in the catalytic asymmetric hydrogenation of esters and lactones.

Key words: ester, hydrogenation, alcohol, homogeneous catalysis, catalyst