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Liquid-phase synthesis of methyl formatevia heterogeneous carbonylation of methanol over a soluble copper nanocluster catalyst

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Abstract

Liquid-phase synthesis of methyl formate (MF) was achieved by green carbonylation of methanol with CO on a soluble copper nanocluster catalyst with high activities (e.g. 2.7–6.1 molMF molCu−1 h−1) and 100% MF selectivities under mild reaction conditions (353–443 K, 0.3–3.0 MPa CO), showing that the Cu nanoclusters can potentially replace the caustic catalysts of alkaline metal alkoxides (e.g. CH3ONa), required for the current carbonylation process in industry.

Graphical abstract: Liquid-phase synthesis of methyl formatevia heterogeneous carbonylation of methanol over a soluble copper nanocluster catalyst

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The article was received on 17 Mar 2008, accepted on 29 Apr 2008 and first published on 08 May 2008


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/B804459G
Citation: Green Chem., 2008,10, 619-622
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    Liquid-phase synthesis of methyl formatevia heterogeneous carbonylation of methanol over a soluble copper nanocluster catalyst

    L. He, H. Liu, C. Xiao and Y. Kou, Green Chem., 2008, 10, 619
    DOI: 10.1039/B804459G

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