Insights into a nontoxic and high-yielding synthesis of methyltrioxorhenium (MTO)

Josef K.M. Mitterpleininger, Normen Szesni, Stefanie Sturm, Richard W. Fischer, Fritz E. Kühn

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

9 Scopus citations


The versatile catalyst methyltrioxorhenium(VII) (MTO) is now available in high yields by utilizing easily accessible nontoxic starting materials. The new synthetic pathway allows an inexpensive, large-scale production of MTO, paving the way for industrial applications. A variety of starting materials is compared with respect to their applicability, availability and ease of handling. The reaction times and the by-products formed are compared under different reaction conditions. It was seen that silver perrhenate in combination with methylzinc acetate, which was derived from trimethylaluminum and zinc acetate, are the best starting materials for a high-yielding large-scale synthesis of MTO.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3929-3934
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number25
StatePublished - Sep 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Alkylzinc compounds
  • IR spectroscopy
  • Rhenium
  • Synthesis


Dive into the research topics of 'Insights into a nontoxic and high-yielding synthesis of methyltrioxorhenium (MTO)'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this