Using carbon dioxide as a building block in organic synthesis

Qiang Liu, Lipeng Wu, Ralf Jackstell, Matthias Beller

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Carbon dioxide exits in the atmosphere and is produced by the combustion of fossil fuels, the fermentation of sugars and the respiration of all living organisms. An active goal in organic synthesis is to take this carbon - trapped in a waste product - and re-use it to build useful chemicals. Recent advances in organometallic chemistry and catalysis provide effective means for the chemical transformation of CO 2 and its incorporation into synthetic organic molecules under mild conditions. Such a use of carbon dioxide as a renewable one-carbon (C1) building block in organic synthesis could contribute to a more sustainable use of resources.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5933
JournalNature Communications
StatePublished - 20 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


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