—About-Face For Hydroformylations “Chemists develop a reverse hydroformylation method that deconstructs aldehydes to make alkenes” The hydroformylation reaction, also known as the oxo process, is a key industrial route for converting alkenes, CO, and H2 into aldehydes that serve as intermediates to make a variety of chemical products. Chemists have now figured out a way to turn the reaction around and undo hydroformylations under mild conditions without involving gaseous reagents, rendering aldehydes into alkene derivatives (Science 2015, DOI: 10.1126/science.1261232). Why anyone would want to do such a thing is not at first intuitive, but Stephen K.
by Stephen K. Ritter |
January 05, 2015