Homogeneously catalysed conversion of aqueous formaldehyde to H-2 and carbonate
Rodriguez-Lugo, Rafael E.
De Bruin, Bas
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Small organic molecules provide a promising solution for the requirement to store large amounts of hydrogen in a future hydrogen-based energy system. Herein, we report that diolefin–ruthenium complexes containing the chemically and redox non-innocent ligand trop 2 dad catalyse the production of H 2 from formaldehyde and water in the presence of a base. The process involves the catalytic conversion to carbonate salt using aqueous solutions and is the fastest reported for acceptorless formalin dehydrogenation to date. A mechanism supported by density functional theory calculations postulates protonation of a ruthenium hydride to form a low-valent active species, the reversible uptake of dihydrogen by the ligand and active participation of both the ligand and the metal in substrate activation and dihy- drogen bond formation Show more
Journal / seriesNature Communications
Pages / Article No.
PublisherNature Publishing Group
Organisational unit03447 - Grützmacher, Hansjörg
03447 - Grützmacher, Hansjörg
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