Ruthenium-catalyzed generation of hydrogen from iso-propanol

Henrik Junge, Björn Loges, Matthias Beller

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For the development of new catalysts for the dehydrogenation of iso-propanol various nitrogen containing ligands have been screened with [RuCl2(p-cymene)]2 as Ruthenium precursor. Some of these in situ prepared catalysts show a comparably high activity as our previously investigated RuCl3 · x H2O / phosphine systems especially applying tertiary amines like TMEDA as ligands. Under our standard reaction conditions turnover frequencies over 300 h-1 after 2 hours have been obtained. By tuning of the substrate to catalyst ratio for both systems, RuCl3 · x H2O / phosphine as well as [RuCl2(p-cymene)]2 / TMEDA, a further increase of the catalyst activity has been achieved. Thus at comparably low temperature (90°C) unprecedented catalyst activities, turnover frequencies up to 500 h-1 after 2 h for [RuCl2(p-cymene)]2 / TMEDA and up to 700 h-1 for RuCl3 · x H2O / 2-diadamantylphosphinyl-1-phenyl-1H-pyrrole are obtained.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication16th World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2006, WHEC 2006
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event16th World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2006, WHEC 2006 - Lyon, France
Duration: 13 Jun 200616 Jun 2006

Publication series

Name16th World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2006, WHEC 2006


Conference16th World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2006, WHEC 2006


  • Amines
  • Catalytic
  • Hydrogen
  • Phosphines
  • Ruthenium


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