Efficient Synthesis of Cyclic Carbonates by MgII/Phosphine-Catalyzed Coupling Reactions of Carbon Dioxide and Epoxides

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  • Yiping Ren,

    1. School of Chemical Engineering, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan, Gyeongbuk, 712-749 (Korea), Fax: (+82) 53-810-4631
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  • Prof. Jae-Jin Shim

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    1. School of Chemical Engineering, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan, Gyeongbuk, 712-749 (Korea), Fax: (+82) 53-810-4631
    • School of Chemical Engineering, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan, Gyeongbuk, 712-749 (Korea), Fax: (+82) 53-810-4631
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Abstract

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Green synthesis of cyclic carbonates: Magnesium(II)/phosphine complexes are developed for the synthesis of cyclic carbonates through the coupling of epoxides and carbon dioxide. Various cyclic carbonates are prepared in excellent yields under extremely mild, solvent-free conditions at relatively low temperatures and pressures. The catalyst system shows excellent recyclability, and the cyclic carbonates can be separated easily.

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