Ruthenium-catalyzed alkoxycarbonylation of alkenes using carbon monoxide

Lipeng Wu, Qiang Liu, Ralf Jackstell, Matthias Beller

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A novel protocol for ruthenium-catalyzed methoxycarbonylation reaction of alkenes is reported. Using easily available Ru3(CO)12 as catalyst in the presence of [Bmim]Cl as additive, industrial important esters are produced in yields up to 82%. Compared to traditional olefin carbonylation processes key to success is running the reaction at low carbon monoxide concentration. Notably, the ionic liquid phase which contains the catalyst can be reused for several runs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)771-774
Number of pages4
JournalOrganic Chemistry Frontiers
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2015
Externally publishedYes


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