, Volume 45, Issue 3-4, pp 203-208

Enantioselective hydrogenation of ethyl pyruvate with colloidal platinum catalysts: the effect of acidity on rate

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Platinum sols, prepared from H2PtCl6 in aqueous methanol, are, when modified by cinchona alkaloids, highly reproducible catalysts for the enantioselective hydrogenation of ethyl pyruvate. It is shown that the presence of HCl in the as-prepared sols has a marked effect on rate and reproducibility, and that removal of HCl by dialysis gives catalysts which display exceptional reproducibility and higher rates. The reliability of these colloidal catalysts will allow their use as a reliable test system both for precise rate studies, in the absence of possible support effects, of the various reaction parameters which affect catalyst performance in this reaction, and also for screening of alternative modifiers to cinchona alkaloids.

This revised version was published online in July 2006 with corrections to the Cover Date.