Interconversion of CO2/H2 and Formic Acid Under Mild Conditions in Water. Ligand Design for Effective Catalysis

Wan Hui Wang, Yuichiro Himeda, James T. Muckerman, Etsuko Fujita

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Recent significant progress in the homogeneous catalytic hydrogenation of CO2 to formate (the conjugate base of formic acid) and dehydrogenation of formic acid in various solvents including water is summarized. While formic acid is not the perfect H2 storage solution, many researchers consider it better than other methods at this time because the interconversion of CO2 and formic acid can take place cleanly to form H2 without detectable CO under mild conditions. In this chapter, we explain how inspirations from biological systems guide us to design homogeneous transition-metal catalysts for carrying out the interconversion of CO2 and formate under ambient conditions in environmentally benign and economically desirable water solvent.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Inorganic Chemistry
PublisherAcademic Press Inc
Number of pages34
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameAdvances in Inorganic Chemistry
ISSN (Print)0898-8838


  • Bioinspired catalysts
  • Dehydrogenation of formic acid
  • Ir complexes
  • Proton-responsive ligands

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry

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