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Keywords:

  • carbonylation;
  • dimethyl carbonate;
  • Lewis acids;
  • palladium;
  • zeolites
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All doped up: The interaction between Lewis (L) acidic sites and Pd species in the vapor-phase carbonylation reaction of methyl nitrite over Pd/Faujasite (FAU) catalysts is determined quantitatively. By keeping the Pd species in an electron-deficient state, the Lewis acids of the Pd/FAU catalysts promote the synthesis of dialkyl carbonates.