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Keywords:

  • dehydrogenation;
  • ethanol;
  • ethyl acetate;
  • membrane reactor;
  • ruthenium
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Pincers do the trick: The conversion of ethanol to ethyl acetate and hydrogen was achieved using a pincer–Ru catalyst in a Pd–Ag membrane reactor. Near quantitative conversions and yields could be achieved without the need for acid or base promoters or hydrogen acceptors (see scheme).