Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Shiraz University, Postcode 71454, Shiraz, I.R. IRAN
The difficult to handle and store zinc borohydride, Zn(BH4)2, is stabilized by supporting it on polyvinylpyridine. This new mild, efficient, selective, and regenerable polymer supported borohydride reducing agent reduces a variety organic compounds such as, aldehydes, a-b-unsaturated carbonyl compounds, acid chlorides, epoxides, disulfides, as well as reductive acetylation of carbonyl compounds. It absolutely discriminates aldehydes from ketones.