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Homogeneous hydrogenation of carbon dioxide to methanol

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Carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas mainly from the consumption of fossil fuel, is regarded as an attractive feedstock in view of synthetic chemistry. Great efforts have been devoted to developing catalytic processes for converting CO2 into value-added compounds with reduced carbon footprint. Among versatile applications in organic synthesis, CO2 can serve as a promising raw material for fuel production, especially methanol. ‘Coming from fuel and returning to fuel’ is an appealing objective in terms of sustainable development associated with circumventing the energy shortage and CO2 issue. To date, metal complexes and organocatalysts for CO2 hydrogenation to methanol have been developed along with the reaction mechanistic insight. Understanding the interaction of active catalytic species with CO2 or hydrogen could account for development of efficient homogeneous catalysts. In this context, homogeneous catalytic hydrogenation of CO2 and its derivatives into methanol is highlighted in this article in combination with mechanistic understanding on a molecular level.

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The article was received on 01 Aug 2013, accepted on 06 Sep 2013 and first published on 06 Sep 2013

Article type: Minireview
DOI: 10.1039/C3CY00564J
Citation: Catal. Sci. Technol., 2014,4, 1498-1512
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    Homogeneous hydrogenation of carbon dioxide to methanol

    Y. Li, R. Ma, L. He and Z. Diao, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2014, 4, 1498
    DOI: 10.1039/C3CY00564J

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