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Sung Yun Hong, Youngeun Cheon, Seung Hoon Shin, Dr. Hyunjoo Lee, Dr. Minserk Cheong and Dr. Hoon Sik Kim Carboxylate-Assisted Formation of Alkylcarbonate Species from CO2 and Tetramethylammonium Salts with a β-Amino Acid Anion ChemSusChem 6

Version of Record online: 9 APR 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201200971

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Catch me if you can: Tetramethylammonium salts bearing a β-amino acid anion (TMAAs) are synthesized through Michael addition reactions of amines with methyl acrylate, subsequent hydrolysis, and neutralization with aqueous tetramethylammonium hydroxide. These TMAAs interact with CO2 in a 1:1 mode in ethylene glycol, which forms hydroxyethylcarbonate species. The driving force for the 1:1 bonding appears to be the intramolecular hydrogen bonding network exerted through the carboxylate group.

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