The kinetics and reaction network of the one-pot synthesis of R-1-phenylethyl acetate was inves-tigated at 70°C in toluene over a combination of three different catalysts: PdZn/Al2O3 as a catalyst for acetophenone hydrogenation, lipase as an enzymatic catalyst for R-1-phenylethanol acylation with ethyl acetate and Ru/Al2O 3 as a racemization catalyst for S-1-phenylethanol. In addition to the desired reactions, other reactions, namely hydrogenolysis and dehydration of (R, S)-1-phenylethanol and debenzylation of (R, S)-1- phenylethyl acetate also occurred. The kinetic results revealed that ethylbenzene formation was enhanced with higher amounts of PdZn/Al2O3, whereas lipase did not catalyze ethylbenzene formation. Furthermore, ethylbenzene was formed in the hydrogenolysis of (R, S)-phenylethanol and in the debenzylation of (R, S)- 1-phenyl-ethylacetate over Pd/Al2O3 catalyst. The presence of Ru/Al2O3 catalyst, in which Ru was in the oxi- dation state of 3+, enhanced the formation of R-1-phenylethyl acetate, although no clear racemization of S-1-phenylethanol during the one-pot synthesis of R-1-phenylethyl acetate was observed. Dynamic kinetic resolution of (R, S)-1-phenylethanol in toluene, was, however, demonstrated over Ru/Al 2O3 and lipase.