A chiral 1,2-amino alcohol derivative, (S)-(+)-2-(N-benzylamino)butan-1-ol (BAB), was
synthesized from its Schiff base by catalytic hydrogenation over palladium on carbon, in various solvents
(toluene, methanol, hexane, dichloromethane, tetrahydrofuran, ethyl acetate), under mild conditions
(room temperature, atmospheric pressure). Preparation of the Schiff base was also optimized. This compound is a resolving
agent for preparing optically active, practically important cyclopropanecarboxylic acids.