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Direct conversion of methanol into 1,1-dimethoxymethane: remarkably high productivity over an FeMocatalyst placed under unusual conditions

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Abstract

We report here the highest productivity ever observed in the direct conversion of methanol into 1,1-dimethoxymethane (ca. 4.6 kgDMM h−1 kgcat−1 at 553 K), this result being obtained over an FeMo catalyst. This catalyst is industrially used to selectively convert methanol into formaldehyde but has never before been applied to the present reaction. Placing this FeMo catalyst under unusual reaction conditions, i.e., using a feed rich in methanol, completely changed its behaviour in terms of selectivity: the massive production of 1,1-dimethoxymethane, instead of formaldehyde, was observed.

Graphical abstract: Direct conversion of methanol into 1,1-dimethoxymethane: remarkably high productivity over an FeMo catalyst placed under unusual conditions

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Submitted
08 Jun 2010
Accepted
27 Aug 2010
First published
13 Sep 2010

Green Chem., 2010,12, 1722-1725
Article type
Communication

Direct conversion of methanol into 1,1-dimethoxymethane: remarkably high productivity over an FeMo catalyst placed under unusual conditions

J. Gornay, X. Sécordel, G. Tesquet, B. de Ménorval, S. Cristol, P. Fongarland, M. Capron, L. Duhamel, E. Payen, J. Dubois and F. Dumeignil, Green Chem., 2010, 12, 1722
DOI: 10.1039/C0GC00194E

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