Hydrogenation of Carbon Dioxide to Methanol by Using a Homogeneous Ruthenium–Phosphine Catalyst

Authors

  • Sebastian Wesselbaum,

    1. Institut für Technische und Makromolekulare Chemie, RWTH Aachen University, Worringerweg 1, 52074 Aachen (Germany)
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  • Thorsten vom Stein,

    1. Institut für Technische und Makromolekulare Chemie, RWTH Aachen University, Worringerweg 1, 52074 Aachen (Germany)
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  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Klankermayer,

    Corresponding author
    1. Institut für Technische und Makromolekulare Chemie, RWTH Aachen University, Worringerweg 1, 52074 Aachen (Germany)
    • Institut für Technische und Makromolekulare Chemie, RWTH Aachen University, Worringerweg 1, 52074 Aachen (Germany)
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  • Prof. Dr. Walter Leitner

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    1. Institut für Technische und Makromolekulare Chemie, RWTH Aachen University, Worringerweg 1, 52074 Aachen (Germany)
    2. Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, 45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr (Germany)
    • Institut für Technische und Makromolekulare Chemie, RWTH Aachen University, Worringerweg 1, 52074 Aachen (Germany)
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  • This work was supported in part by the Cluster of Excellence “Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass”, which is funded by the Excellence Initiative by the German Federal and State Governments to promote science and research at German universities, and the research network SusChemSys, funded by the State Government of Northrhine Westphalia.

Abstract

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Simply efficient: The homogenously catalyzed hydrogenation of CO2 to methanol is achieved by using a ruthenium phosphine complex under relatively mild conditions (see scheme; HNTf2=bis(trifluoromethane)sulfonimide). This is the first example of CO2 hydrogenation to methanol by using a single molecularly defined catalyst.

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