Manganese Catalyzed Hydrogenation of Organic Carbonates to Methanol and Alcohols

Amit Kumar, Trevor Janes, Noel Angel Espinosa-Jalapa, David Milstein

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The first example of a homogeneous catalyst based on an earth-abundant metal for the hydrogenation of organic carbonates to methanol and alcohols is reported. Based on the mechanistic investigation, which indicates metal-ligand cooperation between the manganese center and the N−H group of the pincer ligand, we propose that the hydrogenation of organic carbonates to methanol occurs via formate and aldehyde intermediates. The reaction offers an indirect route for the conversion of CO2 to methanol, which coupled with the use of an earth abundant catalyst, makes the overall process environmentally benign and sustainable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12076-12080
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number37
Publication statusPublished - Sep 10 2018



  • carbon dioxide
  • carbonates
  • hydrogenation
  • Manganese
  • methanol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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