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Selective homogeneous synthesis of dimethyl ether from methanol

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Abstract

Selected Brønsted acidic ionic liquids were tested as homogeneous catalysts for the dehydration of methanol to dimethyl ether. Ionic liquids incorporating an alkanesulfonic acid as a part of the cation, a complex acidic anion, [A2H], or both, proved to be good catalysts for this process, providing high conversions and selectivities. Homogeneous catalysis in the liquid state represents a novel approach to dimethyl ether synthesis.

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Submitted
05 Nov 2009
Accepted
15 Dec 2009
First published
11 Jan 2010

Chem. Commun., 2010,46, 1745-1747
Article type
Communication

Selective homogeneous synthesis of dimethyl ether from methanol

M. P. Atkins, M. J. Earle, K. R. Seddon, M. Swadźba-Kwaśny and L. Vanoye, Chem. Commun., 2010, 46, 1745
DOI: 10.1039/B923250H

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