Towards a green process for bulk-scale synthesis of ethyl acetate: Efficient acceptorless dehydrogenation of ethanol

Martin Nielsen, Henrik Junge, Anja Kammer, Matthias Beller

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Abstract

Green is a go: An efficient acceptorless dehydrogenative dimerization of ethanol to give ethyl acetate was realized (see scheme). The reaction proceeds under mild reaction conditions in the presence of a ruthenium catalyst with concomitant liberation of molecular hydrogen, which can be used as a valuable product itself. At low catalyst loading (50 ppm), high yields of ethyl acetate and excellent catalyst turnover numbers are achieved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5711-5713
Number of pages3
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition in English
Volume51
Issue number23
DOIs
StatePublished - 4 Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • alcohols
  • green chemistry
  • homogeneous catalysis
  • renewable resources
  • ruthenium

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