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Insights into Hydrogen Generation from Formic Acid Using Ruthenium Complexes

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posted on 2009-07-27, 00:00 authored by David J. Morris, Guy J. Clarkson, Martin Wills
The decomposition of a HCO2H/Et3N azeotrope to a mixture of hydrogen and carbon dioxide may be catalyzed by a number of Ru(III) and Ru(II) complexes with high efficiency at ca. 120 °C. Evidence that suggests that the precatalyst may in each case be a common ruthenium dimer has been obtained through 1H NMR and X-ray crystallographic studies of the complexes formed in situ and of analysis of the gases generated in the reaction using FTIR and gas chromatography methods.