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Keywords:

  • carbon dioxide;
  • ethylene glycol;
  • hydrogenation;
  • methanol;
  • ruthenium
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Two birds with one stone: The simultaneous production of two important bulk chemicals, methanol and ethylene glycol, from CO2 and ethylene oxide has been achieved under mild conditions by the highly efficient homogeneous catalytic hydrogenation of ethylene carbonate in the presence of a (PNP)RuII catalyst (see scheme).