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“Achiral” Benzophenone Ligand for Highly Enantioselective Ru Catalysts in Ketone Hydrogenation

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posted on 2006-04-13, 00:00 authored by Koichi Mikami, Kazuki Wakabayashi, Kohsuke Aikawa
The chirality of an “achiral” benzophenone-based complex can be controlled. The benzophenone-based complex thus controlled affords high enantioselectivity in the catalytic asymmetric ketone hydrogenation (up to 99% ee, >99% yield).