Molecular Diversity

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 411–424 | Cite as

Efficiency in chemistry: from hydrogen autotransfer to multicomponent catalysis

  • Francisco Alonso
  • Francisco Foubelo
  • José C. González-Gómez
  • Ricardo Martínez
  • Diego J. Ramón
  • Paola Riente
  • Miguel Yus
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A hydrogen autotransfer reaction has been applied to the α-alkylation of ketones, with primary alcohols as the electrophilic component, either under homogeneous (using a Ru complex as catalyst) or under heterogeneous (using Ni nanoparticles) conditions. This process is both very efficient (concerning atom economy) and ecologically friendly (water as the only by-product generated). On the other hand, three multicomponent reactions, namely, the Strecker reaction (without any catalyst), the aza-Sakurai process (catalyzed by ferrite), and the addition of in situ generated Zn enolates to chiral sulfinylimines (catalyzed by Cu), have proven to be very efficient in the generation of a diversity of polyfunctionalized molecules.


Hydrogen autotransfer Alcohols as electrophiles Atom efficiency processes Multicomponent catalysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francisco Alonso
    • 1
  • Francisco Foubelo
    • 1
  • José C. González-Gómez
    • 1
  • Ricardo Martínez
    • 1
  • Diego J. Ramón
    • 1
  • Paola Riente
    • 1
  • Miguel Yus
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de Síntesis Orgánica and Departamento de Química Orgánica, Facultad de CienciasUniversidad de AlicanteAlicanteSpain

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