Raney Ni-Al alloy-mediated reduction of benzils in wate

Guo Bin Liu, Hong Yun Zhao, Lu Dai, Thies Thiemann, Hideki Tashiro, Masashi Tashiro

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Raney Ni-Al alloy in a dilute aqueous alkaline solution has been shown to be a powerful reducing agent and is highly effective for the reduction of alkylbenzils and alkoxybenzils to afford the corresponding 1,2-diarylethers at 90°C, in the absence of organic solvents. 4,4'-Dinitrobenzil was transformed selectively to 1,2-bis(4-aminophenyl) ethane.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)579-581
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Chemical Research
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • 1,2-diarylethanes
  • Aqueous reaction medium
  • Benzils
  • Ni-Al alloy
  • Reduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry


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