Highly Efficient Process for Production of Biofuel from Ethanol Catalyzed by Ruthenium Pincer Complexes

Yinjun Xie, Yehoshoa Ben-David, Linda J W Shimon, David Milstein

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A highly efficient ruthenium pincer-catalyzed Guerbet-type process for the production of biofuel from ethanol has been developed. It produces the highest conversion of ethanol (73.4%, 0.02 mol% catalyst) for a Guerbet-type reaction, including significant amounts of C4 (35.8% yield), C6 (28.2% yield), and C8 (9.4% yield) alcohols. Catalyst loadings as low as 0.001 mol% can be used, leading to a record turnover number of 18 »209. Mechanistic studies reveal the likely active ruthenium species and the main deactivation process.

Original languageEnglish
Article number138
Pages (from-to)9077-9080
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number29
Publication statusPublished - Jul 27 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Catalysis
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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