Formation Mechanism of the First Carbon–Carbon Bond and the First Olefin in the Methanol Conversion into Hydrocarbons


Yue Liu, S. Müller,  D. Berger, J. Jelic,  K. Reuter, M. Tonigold, M. Sanchez-Sanchez and J.A. Lercher                    

Angew Chem Intern. Ed., 2016, 55, 5723-5726 DOI: 10.1002/anie.201511678,

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Combining kinetics, spectroscopy, and DFT calculations shows the first carbon–carbon bond in the methanol-to-hydrocarbons reaction is formed through the carbonylation of methanol or dimethyl ether, generating acetic acid and methyl acetate. Olefins arise as secondary products from these acetyl species. Professor Lercher’s group in collaboration with prof. Reuter’s group recently published an article in Angewandte Chemie which can be found at DOI: 10.1002/anie.201511678

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