Synfacts 2009(6): 0684-0684  
DOI: 10.1055/s-0029-1216772
Organo- and Biocatalysis
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NHC-Catalyzed Conversion of Carbon Dioxide into Methanol

Contributor(s): Benjamin List, Steffen Müller
S. N. Riduan, Y. Zhang*, J. Y. Ying*
Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, Republic of Singapore
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25. Mai 2009 (online)


An organocatalytic hydro­silylation of carbon dioxide is reported. The authors found that NHCs efficiently catalyze the hydrosilylation of carbon dioxide under mild conditions with catalyst loadings of down to 0.05 mol%. The desired methoxide products, and methanol obtained after hydrolysis, are formed selectively and even dry air could be used as a feedstock. A detailed mechanistic proposal for the reaction and the formation of the methoxide products based on GC-MS and NMR spectroscopy studies is also provided.