Observation of high enantioselectivity for the gas phase hydrogenation of methyl pyruvate using supported Pt catalysts pre-modified with cinchonidine

M von Arx, N Dummer, D J Willock, S H Taylor, Richard Peter Kerwin Wells, P B Wells, Graham J. Hutchings

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Pt supported on alpha-Al2O3, gamma-Al2O3 and SiO2 pre-modified with cinchonidine gives over 50% ee in the hydrogenation of methyl pyruvate to methyl lactate using gas phase reactants at 40 degreesC giving the first clear observation of high enantioselection at the gas/solid interface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1926-1927
Number of pages2
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number15
Early online date27 Jun 2003
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003


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