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Direct conversion of methanol into 1,1-dimethoxymethane: remarkably high productivity over an FeMo catalyst placed under unusual conditions

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Abstract

We report here the highest productivity ever observed in the direct conversion of methanol into 1,1-dimethoxymethane (ca. 4.6 kgDMM h−1 kgcat−1 at 553 K), this result being obtained over an FeMo catalyst. This catalyst is industrially used to selectively convert methanol into formaldehyde but has never before been applied to the present reaction. Placing this FeMo catalyst under unusual reaction conditions, i.e., using a feed rich in methanol, completely changed its behaviour in terms of selectivity: the massive production of 1,1-dimethoxymethane, instead of formaldehyde, was observed.

Graphical abstract: Direct conversion of methanol into 1,1-dimethoxymethane: remarkably high productivity over an FeMo catalyst placed under unusual conditions

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The article was received on 08 Jun 2010, accepted on 27 Aug 2010 and first published on 13 Sep 2010


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C0GC00194E
Citation: Green Chem., 2010,12, 1722-1725
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    Direct conversion of methanol into 1,1-dimethoxymethane: remarkably high productivity over an FeMo catalyst placed under unusual conditions

    J. Gornay, X. Sécordel, G. Tesquet, B. de Ménorval, S. Cristol, P. Fongarland, M. Capron, L. Duhamel, E. Payen, J. Dubois and F. Dumeignil, Green Chem., 2010, 12, 1722
    DOI: 10.1039/C0GC00194E

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