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Prof. Alexander J. M. Miller, Prof. D. Michael Heinekey, Prof. James M. Mayer and Prof. Karen I. Goldberg Catalytic Disproportionation of Formic Acid to Generate Methanol Angewandte Chemie International Edition 52

Article first published online: 28 FEB 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201208470

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The homogeneously catalyzed disproportionation of formic acid to methanol, water, and carbon dioxide is accomplished by only 10 ppm of a readily accessible iridium catalyst, [Cp*Ir(bpy)(H2O)]2+ (Cp*=pentamethylcyclopentadienyl, bpy=2,2′-bipyridine). Methanol is produced under mild, aqueous conditions, without the use of any organic solvents or hydrogen gas.

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