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Dr. Martin Nielsen, Dr. Henrik Junge, Anja Kammer and Prof. Dr. Matthias Beller Towards a Green Process for Bulk-Scale Synthesis of Ethyl Acetate: Efficient Acceptorless Dehydrogenation of Ethanol Angewandte Chemie International Edition 51

Version of Record online: 19 APR 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201200625

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Green is a go: An efficient acceptorless dehydrogenative dimerization of ethanol to give ethyl acetate was realized (see scheme). The reaction proceeds under mild reaction conditions in the presence of a ruthenium catalyst with concomitant liberation of molecular hydrogen, which can be used as a valuable product itself. At low catalyst loading (50 ppm), high yields of ethyl acetate and excellent catalyst turnover numbers are achieved.

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