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Uranium-mediated reductive conversion of CO2 to CO and carbonate in a single-vessel, closed synthetic cycle

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Abstract

The new neopentyl (Neop)-substituted tris(aryloxide) U(III) complex [((Neop,MeArO)3tacn)UIII] reacts with CO2 to form CO and the bridging carbonate complex [{((Neop,MeArO)3tacn)UIV}2(μ-CO3)]. The uranium(IV) bridging oxo [{((Neop,MeArO)3tacn)UIV}2(μ-O)] has been determined to be the intermediate in this reaction. For the first time, both U(IV) complexes can be reduced back to the U(III) starting material. Thus, with KC8 as reductant, [((Neop,MeArO)3tacn)UIII] engages in a synthetic cycle, in which CO2 is converted to CO and CO32−.

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Submitted
09 Jun 2012
Accepted
09 Jul 2012
First published
10 Jul 2012

Chem. Commun., 2012,48, 8634-8636
Article type
Communication

Uranium-mediated reductive conversion of CO2 to CO and carbonate in a single-vessel, closed synthetic cycle

A. Schmidt, A. V. Nizovtsev, A. Scheurer, F. W. Heinemann and K. Meyer, Chem. Commun., 2012, 48, 8634
DOI: 10.1039/C2CC34150F

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