Improved hydrogen generation from formic acid

Henrik Junge, Albert Boddien, Francesca Capitta, Björn Loges, James R. Noyes, Serafino Gladiali, Matthias Beller

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The ruthenium-catalyzed generation of hydrogen from formic acid was investigated in the presence of amines and halide additives. While amidines and halide additives increase the production of hydrogen with [RuCl2(p-cymene)]2, >330 mL hydrogen/h is generated in the presence of [RuCl2(benzene)]2/dppe and N,N-dimethyl-n-hexylamine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1603-1606
Number of pages4
JournalTetrahedron Letters
Issue number14
StatePublished - 8 Apr 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Catalysis
  • Formic acid
  • Hydrogen
  • Ruthenium


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