The reduction of esters to yield primary alcohols is often a required process in organic synthesis. Due to hazards associated with handling neat alkali metals and the vigorous reaction conditions required, ester reductions have largely been performed using metal hydride reagents (LAH). Even with metal hydrides, complications exist, and simpler techniques are needed.
An ester reduction using SiGNa material results in alcohol conversion in high yield under mild reaction conditions. The simple aqueous workup, the quick reaction times, and the mild reaction conditions for this transformation, make this new method better than modern methods for ester reductions.
Highly loaded, free-flowing stabilized alkali metal powders with reactivity as high as the parent metal.
Highly loaded, atomically dispersed alkali metal powder (includes lithium) wtih more extensive reactivity than the parent metal.
Currently SiGNa is working on the next element in the alkali metal family, Lithium. A number of new discoveries have been made. Read More