Low-pressure hydrogenation of carbon dioxide catalyzed by an iron pincer complex exhibiting noble metal activity

Robert Langer, Yael Diskin-Posner, Gregory Leitus, Linda J.W. Shimon, Yehoshoa Ben-David, David Milstein

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A highly active iron catalyst for the hydrogenation of carbon dioxide and bicarbonates works under remarkably low pressures and achieves activities similar to some of the best noble metal catalysts. A mechanism is proposed involving the direct attack of an iron trans-dihydride on carbon dioxide, followed by ligand exchange and dihydrogen coordination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9948-9952
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number42
Publication statusPublished - Oct 10 2011



  • homogeneous catalysis
  • hydrogenation
  • iron
  • ketones
  • pincer ligands

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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