A photocatalytic system to effect the Meerwein-Ponndorf-Verley reduction of carbonylic compounds to alcohols has been developed. The system comprises [Ru(bpy)3]2+ as a photosensitizer, triethanolamine as a sacrificial electron donor, viologen as an electron acceptor, and the carbonyl compound and iPrOH as Meerwein-Ponndorf-Verley reagents. The photocatalytic reaction can be performed in neat iPrOH or in l-butyl-3-methylimidazolium ionic liquid. Mass spectrometric detection of the viologen hydride derivative VH + confirms that this species is the reducing agent responsible for the carbonyl compound reduction. The reaction intermediates involved in the photocatalytic system have also been characterized by laser flash photolysis. © 2006 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
|Journal||Chemistry - A European Journal|
|Publication status||Published - 3 May 2006|
- Ionic liquids
- Meerwein-Ponndorf-Verley reduction