Reduction of Carbonyl Function to a Methyl Group

Gan B. Bajracharya, Tsutomu Nogami, Tienan Jin, Kumiko Matsuda, Vladimir Gevorgyan, Yoshinori Yamamoto

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A direct exhaustive reduction of aliphatic carbonyl functions (aldehydes, acyl chlorides, esters and carboxylic acids) to a methyl group by triethylsilane (Et3SiH) in the presence of catalytic amount of tris(pentafluorophenyl)borane [B(C6F5)3] is described. Aromatic carbonyl functions could undergo partial reduction to the corresponding TES-protected benzylic alcohols.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)308-311
Number of pages4
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Feb 2


  • Acyl chlorides
  • Aldehydes
  • Carboxylic acids
  • Esters
  • Reductions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry


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