Journal of the Iranian Chemical Society

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 373–384 | Cite as

Catalytic hydrogenation of aldehydes and ketones using cinchona–bipyridyl-based palladium catalyst

  • Ramasamy R. Chidambaram
  • Velu Sadhasivam
  • Mathappan Mariyappan
  • Ayyanar SivaEmail author
Original Paper


Understanding the need for simple, robust and low effluents, in chemical processes, we have developed an elegant protocol for the catalytic reduction of aldehydes and ketones to corresponding alcohols which are used in synthetic fragrance applications using cinchona alkaloid-derived palladium catalyst. This system holds good for very low catalyst loading surfaces with the formation of fewer impurities and negligible decomposition under moderate pressure. The conversions and yields range from moderate to good (60–80%).


Hydrogenation Cinchona alkaloid Palladium catalyst Cyclic and acyclic ketones 



The authors acknowledge the financial support of the Department of Science and Technology, SERB, Extramural Major Research Project (Grant no. EMR/2015/000969), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), HRDG, No. 01(2901)/17/EMR-II, New Delhi, Department of Science and Technology DST/TM/CERI/C130(G), New Delhi, India.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ramasamy R. Chidambaram
    • 1
  • Velu Sadhasivam
    • 1
  • Mathappan Mariyappan
    • 1
  • Ayyanar Siva
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Supramolecular and Organometallic Chemistry Lab, Department of Inorganic Chemistry, School of ChemistryMadurai Kamaraj UniversityMaduraiIndia

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