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Web Date: August 17, 2011

Carbon Dioxide Bypass Leads To Methanol

Sustainable Chemistry: Alternative syntheses open a door to more efficient industrial processes
Department: ACS News
Keywords: homogeneous catalysis, CO2 utilization, ruthenium catalyst

Catalytic hydrogenation of carbon dioxide-derived carbonate, carbamate, and formate intermediates turns out to be a viable option to make methanol from CO2, according to a team of Israeli chemists. Their indirect approach could lead to more efficient industrial production of methanol, which can be used as fuel in internal combustion engines and in fuel cells. It also offers an opportunity to use CO2 generated from burning fossil fuels as a chemical feedstock.

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