Dramatic rate acceleration by a diphenyl-2-pyridylphosphine ligand in the hydration of nitriles catalyzed by Ru(acac)2 complexes

Toshiyuki Oshiki, Hitoshi Yamashita, Kensuke Sawada, Masaru Utsunomiya, Kazunari Takahashi, Kazuhiko Takai

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New ruthenium(II) complexes having acac (=acetylacetonato) and diphenyl-2-pyridylphosphine as ligands proved to be excellent catalysts for hydration of nitrites to amides under neutral conditions. Among the ruthenium complexes examined, cis-Ru(acac)2(PPh2py)2 exhibited the highest activity, with a turnover frequency of up to 20 900 (mol of amide) / ((mol of catalyst) h).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6287-6290
Number of pages4
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - Dec 19 2005


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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