Catalysis Letters

, Volume 74, Issue 1–2, pp 81–83

Improvement in the enantioselective hydrogenation of methyl pyruvate over platinum clusters by addition of rare earth cations

  • Xiaoping Yan
  • Hanfan Liu
  • Ji Zhao

DOI: 10.1023/A:1016695216513

Cite this article as:
Yan, X., Liu, H. & Zhao, J. Catalysis Letters (2001) 74: 81. doi:10.1023/A:1016695216513


The modification of some rare earth metal cations to polymer-stabilized Pt colloidal clusters leads to significant increase in both the ee and the activity in the homogeneous enantioselective hydrogenation of methyl pyruvate to (R)-(+)-methyl lactate. Compared to ee (72.5%) in the absence of rare earth cations, the highest ee (88.0%) in ethanol solvent is obtained by adding a suitable amount of Yb3+ into the Pt colloidal cluster catalyst. The modification effect of rare earth cations is also effective in other alcohol and water solvents.

methyl pyruvate colloidal platinum clusters rare earth cations enantioselective hydrogenation 

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  • Xiaoping Yan
  • Hanfan Liu
  • Ji Zhao

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