Reductions of benzene, toluene, ortho-xylene, cumene, anisole and benzoic acid to corresponding nonconjugated dienes were realized at room temperature by gas NH_3 and Li. The reduced products were easily isolated because THF and dioxane were dissolved in the water. The yields and conversions of the reactions were 70-89% and 80-100%, respectively.
ALTUNDAŞ, ALİYE; MENZEK, ABDULLAH; GÜLTEKİN, DEMET DEMİRCİ; and KARAKAYA, MELEK (2005) "Excellent and Convenient Procedures for Reduction of Benzene and Its Derivatives," Turkish Journal of Chemistry: Vol. 29: No. 5, Article 7. Available at: https://journals.tubitak.gov.tr/chem/vol29/iss5/7