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CO2-“Neutral” Hydrogen Storage Based on Bicarbonates and Formates


  • This work was supported by the BMBF (Spitzenforschung und Innovation in den neuen Ländern). F.G. thanks the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie (FCI) for a Kekulé grant. We thank Prof. G. Laurenczy (EPFL) for fruitful discussions.


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Let the circle be unbroken! One ruthenium catalyst generated in situ facilitates the selective hydrogenation of bicarbonates and carbonates, as well as CO2 and base, to give formates and also the selective dehydrogenation of formates back to bicarbonates. The two reactions can be coupled, leading to a reversible hydrogen-storage system. dppm=1,2-bis(diphenylphosphino)methane.