Catalysis Letters

, Volume 138, Issue 1–2, pp 34–39 | Cite as

Asymmetric Hydrogenation of 3,4-Hexanedione over PtSn Catalysts

  • Virginia Vetere
  • María B. Faraoni
  • Julio C. Podestá
  • Mónica L. Casella


In this work, some results of the liquid-phase racemic and enantioselective hydrogenation of 3,4-hexanedione are presented. The catalysts employed were platinum-based, supported on SiO2. Monometallic catalysts were modified with organotin precursors either chiral (hexa(−)-menthylditin, Men3Sn–SnMen3) or achiral (tetrabutyltin, SnBu4), and they were obtained via surface organometallic chemistry on metals techniques. Asymmetric system was selective to 4-hydroxyhexan-3-one, the enantiomeric excess achieved being 17%.

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3,4-Hexanedione Asymmetric hydrogenation PtSn 



This work has been sponsored by UNLP (Project X487, Argentina) and ANPCyT (PICT 14-11243, Argentina).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Virginia Vetere
    • 1
  • María B. Faraoni
    • 2
  • Julio C. Podestá
    • 2
  • Mónica L. Casella
    • 1
  1. 1.CINDECA (CCT-La Plata, CONICET, UNLP)La PlataArgentina
  2. 2.INQUISUR (CCT-Bahía Blanca, CONICET, UNS) (Miembro de la CIC)Bahía BlancaArgentina

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