Selective hydrogen production from methanol with a defined Iron pincer catalyst under mild conditions

Elisabetta Alberico, Peter Sponholz, Christoph Cordes, Martin Nielsen, Hans Joachim Drexler, Wolfgang Baumann, Henrik Junge, Matthias Beller

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Abstract

Molecularly well-defined iron pincer complexes promote the aqueous-phase reforming of methanol to carbon dioxide and hydrogen, which is of interest in the context of a methanol and hydrogen economy. For the first time, the use of earth-abundant iron complexes under mild conditions for efficient hydrogen generation from alcohols is demonstrated. Ironing out the hydrogen: A molecularly defined iron pincer complex is able to catalyze the dehydrogenation of aqueous methanol at low temperatures. This represents a further step towards the implementation of a "methanol/hydrogen economy".

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14162-14166
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition in English
Volume52
Issue number52
DOIs
StatePublished - 23 Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • homogeneous catalysis
  • hydrogen
  • iron catalysts
  • methanol
  • renewable energy

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