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A bimetallic iron(iii) catalyst for CO2/epoxide coupling

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A novel di-iron(III) catalyst for the copolymerisation of cyclohexene oxide and CO2 to yield poly(cyclohexene carbonate), under mild conditions, is reported. The catalyst selectivity was completely changed on addition of an ammonium co-catalyst to yield only the cis-isomer of the cyclic carbonate, also under mild conditions. Additionally, the catalyst was active for propylene carbonate and styrene carbonate production at 1 atm pressure.

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29 Jun 2010
07 Sep 2010
First published
27 Sep 2010

Chem. Commun., 2011,47, 212-214
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A bimetallic iron(III) catalyst for CO2/epoxide coupling

A. Buchard, M. R. Kember, K. G. Sandeman and C. K. Williams, Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 212
DOI: 10.1039/C0CC02205E

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