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Catalytic Hydrogenation of Cyclic Carbonates: A Practical Approach from CO2 and Epoxides to Methanol and Diols

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  • Dr. Zhaobin Han,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Organometallic Chemistry, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 345 Lingling Road, Shanghai 200032 (P. R. China)
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  • Liangce Rong,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Organometallic Chemistry, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 345 Lingling Road, Shanghai 200032 (P. R. China)
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  • Jiang Wu,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Organometallic Chemistry, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 345 Lingling Road, Shanghai 200032 (P. R. China)
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  • Dr. Lei Zhang,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Organometallic Chemistry, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 345 Lingling Road, Shanghai 200032 (P. R. China)
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  • Dr. Zheng Wang,

    1. State Key Laboratory of Organometallic Chemistry, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 345 Lingling Road, Shanghai 200032 (P. R. China)
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  • Prof. Dr. Kuiling Ding

    Corresponding author
    1. State Key Laboratory of Organometallic Chemistry, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 345 Lingling Road, Shanghai 200032 (P. R. China)
    • State Key Laboratory of Organometallic Chemistry, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 345 Lingling Road, Shanghai 200032 (P. R. China)
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  • We thank the NSFC (21121062 and 91127041), the Major Basic Research Development Program of China (2010CB833300), the Science & Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality, and CAS for financial support of this work. We also thank Prof. Xiao-Bing Lu (Dalian University of Technology) for generously providing a sample of poly(propylene carbonate), and Professors Li-Xin Dai and Pierre Dixneuf for their valuable discussions and comments on this manuscript.

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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).

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