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Silyl Cation Mediated Conversion of CO2 into Benzoic Acid, Formic Acid, and Methanol

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  • Dipl.-Chem. André Schäfer,

    1. Institut für Reine und Angewandte Chemie, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Carl von Ossietzky-Strasse 9–11, 26111 Oldenburg (Germany)
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  • Dipl.-Chem. Wolfgang Saak,

    1. Institut für Reine und Angewandte Chemie, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Carl von Ossietzky-Strasse 9–11, 26111 Oldenburg (Germany)
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  • Detlev Haase,

    1. Institut für Reine und Angewandte Chemie, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Carl von Ossietzky-Strasse 9–11, 26111 Oldenburg (Germany)
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  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Müller

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    1. Institut für Reine und Angewandte Chemie, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Carl von Ossietzky-Strasse 9–11, 26111 Oldenburg (Germany)
    • Institut für Reine und Angewandte Chemie, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Carl von Ossietzky-Strasse 9–11, 26111 Oldenburg (Germany)
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  • This work was supported by the DFG (Mu-1440/7-1). The Center for Scientific Computing at the Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg is acknowledged for computer time and Prof. H. Ottosson, Uppsala University, is thanked for stimulating discussions.

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As you like it: The choice of solvents and substituents at the silicon atom determine what product is formed from carbon dioxide after electrophilic activation by silyl cations (see scheme). Benzoic acid as well as the C-1 building blocks formic acid and methanol are on the product tableau.

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