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Efficient cyclic carbonate synthesis catalyzed by zinc cluster systems under mild conditions

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Abstract

An efficient catalytic system of a zinc cluster and tetrabutylammonium iodide (TBAI) was developed for cyclic carbonate synthesis from epoxides and carbon dioxide (CO2) without the use of any organic solvents under very mild conditions (25 °C, 1 atm), even in the presence of impurities such as water and air. Electrophilicity of the central Zn(II) ion, the number of trifluoromethyl groups, nucleophilicity and leaving ability of the anion of alkylammonium salts, and various reaction parameters have a great effect on the catalytic activity of the bifunctional catalyst. Therefore, this solvent-free process represents an environmentally friendly example for the catalytic conversion of CO2 into value-added chemicals and also has the potential to contribute towards decreasing atmospheric CO2 emission from the burning of fossil fuels.

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The article was received on 01 Oct 2011, accepted on 17 Oct 2011 and first published on 14 Nov 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1CY00404B
Citation: Catal. Sci. Technol., 2012,2, 509-513
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    Efficient cyclic carbonate synthesis catalyzed by zinc cluster systems under mild conditions

    Y. Yang, Y. Hayashi, Y. Fujii, T. Nagano, Y. Kita, T. Ohshima, J. Okuda and K. Mashima, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2012, 2, 509
    DOI: 10.1039/C1CY00404B

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