Formic Acid: A Promising Bio-Renewable Feedstock for Fine Chemicals

Authors

  • Manuel G. Mura,

    1. Dipartimento di Chimica e Farmacia, Università degli Studi di Sassari, via Vienna 2, 07100 Sassari, Italy, Fax: (+39)-079-229-559
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  • Lidia De Luca,

    1. Dipartimento di Chimica e Farmacia, Università degli Studi di Sassari, via Vienna 2, 07100 Sassari, Italy, Fax: (+39)-079-229-559
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  • Giampaolo Giacomelli,

    1. Dipartimento di Chimica e Farmacia, Università degli Studi di Sassari, via Vienna 2, 07100 Sassari, Italy, Fax: (+39)-079-229-559
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  • Andrea Porcheddu

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    1. Dipartimento di Chimica e Farmacia, Università degli Studi di Sassari, via Vienna 2, 07100 Sassari, Italy, Fax: (+39)-079-229-559
    • Dipartimento di Chimica e Farmacia, Università degli Studi di Sassari, via Vienna 2, 07100 Sassari, Italy, Fax: (+39)-079-229-559
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Abstract

In light of the growing scarcity of petroleum-based raw materials, carbon dioxide (CO2) is becoming increasing attractive as organic carbon source. In this perspective, formic acid (HCOOH) might be an interesting bio-renewable solution to store, transport, and activate carbon dioxide for the synthesis of value-added chemicals. Herein, HCOOH has been successfully used as C1 building block for the synthesis of a library of alcohols via a catalysed oxo-synthesis, under green experimental conditions.

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