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Alternative pathways in the ruthenium catalysed hydrogenation of CO to alcohols

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Abstract

CO hydrogenation in [PBu4]Br in the presence of [Ru3(CO)12] gives predominantly methanol, ethanol and propanol with small amounts of 1,2-ethanediol. Using RuO2 as the catalyst precursor, the same products are formed along with higher alcohols (1-butanol –1-heptanol). Reactions carried out using added 13CH3OH or 13CO show that ethanol and propanol come from homologation reactions of methanol and ethanol respectively, but that the higher alcohols are not formed through the lower alcohols as intermediates.

Graphical abstract: Alternative pathways in the ruthenium catalysed hydrogenation of CO to alcohols

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Submitted
20 Jun 2013
Accepted
08 Nov 2013
First published
08 Nov 2013

Catal. Sci. Technol., 2014,4, 218-223
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Alternative pathways in the ruthenium catalysed hydrogenation of CO to alcohols

J. H. Blank, R. Hembre, J. Ponasik and D. J. Cole-Hamilton, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2014, 4, 218
DOI: 10.1039/C3CY00423F

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