Synlett 2008(8): 1125-1128  
DOI: 10.1055/s-2008-1072717
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Microwave-Assisted Hydrogenation of Pyridines

Leonarda Pirasa, Eva Genesiob, Chiara Ghironb, Maurizio Taddei*a
a Dipartimento Farmaco Chimico Tecnologico, Università degli Studi di Siena, Via A. Moro, 53100 Siena, Italy
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b Siena Biotech SpA, Via Fiorentina 1, 53100 Siena, Italy
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Received 19 January 2008
Publication Date:
16 April 2008 (eFirst)


Using a commercially available device for controlled introduction of hydrogen in a vial for reactions under microwave dielectric heating, we developed a protocol for the transformation of substituted pyridines into the corresponding piperidines. Complete reduction occurred in 40 minutes, or even less, on substrates that require 24-48 hours to be reduced under standard conditions. Moreover, the reduction proved to be as stereoselective as the corresponding reaction carried out at room temperature.