Continuous-flow hydrogenation of CO2 using molecular catalysts

S. Wesselbaum, T. Vom Stein, U. Hintermair, J. Klankermayer, W. Leitner

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Hydrogenation of CO2 to formic acid (HCO2H) and methanol (MeOH) provides access to valuable products in a low-carbon economy. The development of effective processes for the production of pure HCO2H is still in progress. Hydrogenation of CO2 to MeOH is thermodynamically much more favorable (DG= 9.5 kJ/mole). However, homogeneous catalysts were kinetically not capable of reducing CO2 to MeOH until recently. In the MeOH process, the first organometallic catalyst being capable of the CO2 reduction to MeOH is immobilized in a stationary ionic liquid (IL) phase. The MeOH formed is continuously stripped from the IL phase by excess reaction gases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1428
JournalChemie Ingenieur Technik
Issue number9
Early online date28 Aug 2014
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014


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