The reduction of aryl aldehydes and ketones in neutral medium, to the corresponding hydrocarbons via carbon-nitrogen bond cleavage of the intermediate N- (arylmethyl) anilines with low-valent titanium reagents is described. It provides a mild, convenient and selective pathway for deoxygenation of carbonyls without the production of any side product.
S. Talukdar and Banerji, A., “Low-Valent Titanium Mediated Reductive Deoxygenation of Carbonyls to Methylenes Via Carbon-Nitrogen Bond Cleavage in N-(Arylmethyl) Anilines”, Synthetic communications, vol. 26, pp. 1051–1056, 1996.