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Development of a Ruthenium/Phosphite Catalyst System for Domino Hydroformylation–Reduction of Olefins with Carbon Dioxide

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  • Dr. Qiang Liu,

    1. Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse e.V. an der Universität Rostock, Albert-Einstein-Strasse 29a, 18059 Rostock (Germany)
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    • These authors contributed equally to this work.

  • Lipeng Wu,

    1. Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse e.V. an der Universität Rostock, Albert-Einstein-Strasse 29a, 18059 Rostock (Germany)
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    • These authors contributed equally to this work.

  • Dr. Ivana Fleischer,

    Corresponding author
    1. Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse e.V. an der Universität Rostock, Albert-Einstein-Strasse 29a, 18059 Rostock (Germany)
    2. Current address: Institute of Organic Chemistry, University of Regensburg, Universitäts Strasse 31, 93040 Regensburg (Germany)
    • Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse e.V. an der Universität Rostock, Albert-Einstein-Strasse 29a, 18059 Rostock (Germany)

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  • Dr. Detlef Selent,

    1. Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse e.V. an der Universität Rostock, Albert-Einstein-Strasse 29a, 18059 Rostock (Germany)
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  • Prof. Dr. Robert Franke,

    1. Evonik Industries AG, Paul-Baumann-Strasse 1, 45772 Marl (Germany)
    2. Lehrstuhl für Theoretische Chemie, 44780 Bochum (Germany)
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  • Dr. Ralf Jackstell,

    1. Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse e.V. an der Universität Rostock, Albert-Einstein-Strasse 29a, 18059 Rostock (Germany)
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  • Prof. Dr. Matthias Beller

    Corresponding author
    1. Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse e.V. an der Universität Rostock, Albert-Einstein-Strasse 29a, 18059 Rostock (Germany)
    • Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse e.V. an der Universität Rostock, Albert-Einstein-Strasse 29a, 18059 Rostock (Germany)

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Abstract

An efficient domino ruthenium-catalyzed reverse water-gas-shift (RWGS)-hydroformylation-reduction reaction of olefins to alcohols is reported. Key to success is the use of specific bulky phosphite ligands and triruthenium dodecacarbonyl as the catalyst. Compared to the known ruthenium/chloride system, the new catalyst allows for a more efficient hydrohydroxymethylation of terminal and internal olefins with carbon dioxide at lower temperature. Unwanted hydrogenation of the substrate is prevented. Preliminary mechanism investigations uncovered the homogeneous nature of the active catalyst and the influence of the ligand and additive in individual steps of the reaction sequence.

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