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Dr. Yong Na, Prof. Per Lincoln, Johan R. Johansson and Prof. Bengt Nordén Towards Artificial Photosynthesis of CO2-Neutral Fuel: Homogenous Catalysis of CO2-Selective Reduction to Methanol Initiated by Visible-Light-Driven Multi-Electron Collector ChemCatChem 4

Version of Record online: 24 JUL 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201200209

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And there was light! Electrochemical studies demonstrated the activation of CO2 by two-electron-reduced ruthenium complex [(bpy)2Ru(Q)]2+ (1). The CO2-reduction cycle was initiated by complex 1 as a photoactive electron mediator. MeOH was afforded with good selectivity from the multicomponent system, which also consisted of cobalt catalyst [Co(NDS)2]2−, a primary alcohol as a co-catalyst, and ascorbic acid in aqueous solution.

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