Iron-catalyzed olefin hydrogenation at 1 bar H2 with a FeCl3–LiAlH4catalyst

The scope and mechanism of a practical protocol for the iron-catalyzed hydrogenation of alkenes and alkynes at 1 bar H2 pressure were studied. The catalyst is formed from cheap chemicals (5 mol% FeCl3–LiAlH4, THF). A homogeneous mechanism operates at early stages of the reaction while active nanoparticles form upon ageing of the catalyst solution.

Iron-catalyzed olefin hydrogenation at 1 bar H2 with a FeCl3–LiAlH4catalyst

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aInstitute of Organic Chemistry, University of Regensburg, 93040 Regensburg, Germany
bInstitute of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Regensburg, 93040 Regensburg, Germany
Green Chem., 2015, Advance Article

DOI: 10.1039/C4GC02368D!divAbstract

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Professor of Organic Chemistry (2011), Heisenberg Group Leader (Cologne, 2011) Emmy Noether Group Leader (Cologne, 2005-2010), DAAD Postdoc (Stanford, B. M. Trost, 2003-2004), Postdoc (Cardiff, K. J. Cavell, 2003), Visiting Scientist (Degussa, 2002-2003), Ph.D. (Rostock, M. Beller, 2002), Visiting Scholar (Utah, J. A. Gladysz, 1999), M.Sc. (Erlangen, J. A. Gladysz, 1998), B.Sc. (Erlangen, 1994)

Awards: ORCHEM Award of the Liebig Association (2012), Heisenberg Fellow of the DFG (2011), Science Award of the Industrieclub (2009), Thieme Journal Award (2007), Emmy Noether Fellow of the DFG (2005-2010), DAAD Fellow (2003-2004), Joachim Jungius Dissertation Award (2002)

Most cited publications:
1. Coming of Age: Sustainable Iron-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling Reactions
Times Cited: 285 (Web of Science Core Collection®)
2. Multicomponent coupling reactions for organic synthesis: Chemoselective reactions with amide-aldehyde mixtures
Times Cited: 173 (Web of Science Core Collection®)
3. Dinuclear Zn-catalyzed asymmetric alkynylation of unsaturated aldehydes
Times Cited: 155 (Web of Science Core Collection®)

University of Regensburg

A Method to Identify Best Available Technologies (BAT) for Hydrogenation Reactors in the Pharmaceutical Industry

New Drug Approvals

J. Flow Chem. 2012, 2(3), 77–82

Journal of Flow Chemistry
PublisherAkadémiai Kiadó
ISSN2062-249X (Print)
2063-0212 (Online)
SubjectFlow Chemistry
IssueVolume 2, Number 3/September 2012
Tuong Doan1, Petr Stavárek1, Claude Bellefon1 Email for* Author for correspondence:

1CNRS, CPE Lyon University of Lyon Villeurbanne France


A methodology that may be applied to help in the choice of a continuous reactor is proposed. In this methodology, the chemistry is first described through the use of eight simple criteria (rate, thermicity, deactivation, solubility, conversion, selectivity, viscosity, and catalyst). Then, each reactor type is also analyzed from their capability to answer each of these criteria. A final score is presented using “spider diagrams.” Lower surfaces indicate the best reactor choice. The methodology is exemplified with a model substrate nitrobenzene and a target pharmaceutical intermediate, N-methyl-4-nitrobenzenemethanesulphonamide, and…

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