Synthesis of Cyclic Carbonates from Epoxides and CO2 under Mild Conditions Using a Simple, Highly Efficient Niobium-Based Catalyst

Authors

  • Antoine Monassier,

    1. Kaust Catalysis Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, 23955 (Saudi Arabia)
    2. Chair of Inorganic Chemistry/Molecular Catalysis, Catalysis Research Center, Technische Universität München, Ernst-Otto-Fischer-Straße 1, D-85747 Garching bei München (Germany), Fax: (+49) 89-289-13473
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  • Dr. Valerio D'Elia,

    Corresponding author
    1. Kaust Catalysis Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, 23955 (Saudi Arabia)
    • Kaust Catalysis Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, 23955 (Saudi Arabia)
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  • Dr. Mirza Cokoja,

    Corresponding author
    1. Chair of Inorganic Chemistry/Molecular Catalysis, Catalysis Research Center, Technische Universität München, Ernst-Otto-Fischer-Straße 1, D-85747 Garching bei München (Germany), Fax: (+49) 89-289-13473
    • Chair of Inorganic Chemistry/Molecular Catalysis, Catalysis Research Center, Technische Universität München, Ernst-Otto-Fischer-Straße 1, D-85747 Garching bei München (Germany), Fax: (+49) 89-289-13473
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  • Dr. Hailin Dong,

    1. Kaust Catalysis Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, 23955 (Saudi Arabia)
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  • Dr. Jérémie D. A. Pelletier,

    1. Kaust Catalysis Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, 23955 (Saudi Arabia)
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  • Prof. Dr. Jean-Marie Basset,

    1. Kaust Catalysis Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, 23955 (Saudi Arabia)
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  • Prof. Dr. Fritz E. Kühn

    1. Chair of Inorganic Chemistry/Molecular Catalysis, Catalysis Research Center, Technische Universität München, Ernst-Otto-Fischer-Straße 1, D-85747 Garching bei München (Germany), Fax: (+49) 89-289-13473
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Abstract

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Like a sore thumb: Niobium stands out among neighboring transition metals for its catalytic performance in the synthesis of cyclic carbonates. Readily available NbCl5 is a very efficient catalyst for the preparation of industrially relevant carbonates at ambient temperature, low CO2 pressure, and low concentrations. DMAP=N,N-dimethylaminopyridine.

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