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Yiping Ren and Prof. Jae-Jin Shim Efficient Synthesis of Cyclic Carbonates by MgII/Phosphine-Catalyzed Coupling Reactions of Carbon Dioxide and Epoxides ChemCatChem 5

Article first published online: 12 MAR 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201200770

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Green synthesis of cyclic carbonates: Magnesium(II)/phosphine complexes are developed for the synthesis of cyclic carbonates through the coupling of epoxides and carbon dioxide. Various cyclic carbonates are prepared in excellent yields under extremely mild, solvent-free conditions at relatively low temperatures and pressures. The catalyst system shows excellent recyclability, and the cyclic carbonates can be separated easily.

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