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Keywords:

  • carbon dioxide;
  • density functional calculations;
  • organocatalysis;
  • reduction;
  • silanes
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Lateral thinking: A diagonal approach to CO2 recycling has been explored for the formation of both functionalized and energetic chemicals featuring a reduced carbon center. The strategy relies on the tandem use of a functionalization reagent and a reductant that can be independently modified to access a wide spectrum of chemicals from CO2. It is exemplified with an organocatalytic process to convert CO2 into formamides (see picture).