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Keywords:

  • carbon dioxide;
  • homogeneous catalysis;
  • organometallic catalysts;
  • renewable resources;
  • sustainable chemistry
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The activation of carbon dioxide is one of the major tasks of catalysis today. CO2 is a ubiquitous and cheap C1 feedstock for the synthesis of raw and fine chemicals, yet its use as a reactant in industrial synthesis is comparatively scarce. The transformation of CO2 into acids, esters, lactones, and polymers with molecular transition-metal catalysts is a future alternative application. B. Rieger, F. E. Kühn et al. present the current catalysts and products in their Review on page 8510 ff.