Highly Efficient Base-Free Dehydrogenation of Formic Acid at Low Temperature

Christoph Prichatz, Monica Trincado, Lilin Tan, Fernando Casas, Anja Kammer, Henrik Junge, Matthias Beller, Hansjörg Grützmacher

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The ruthenium complex [RuH2(PPh3)4] is a competent catalyst for the selective dehydrogenation of formic acid (FA) at low temperature. It tolerates water and shows excellent performance (TOF up to 36 000 h−1 at 60 °C). Remarkably, no basic additives are necessary to obtain such high activity and the defined complex is stable for up to 120 days, making this system one of the most effective formic acid dehydrogenation catalysts known to date.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3092-3095
Number of pages4
Issue number18
StatePublished - 21 Sep 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • dehydrogenation
  • formic acid
  • homogeneous catalysis
  • hydrogen
  • ruthenium


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