Electrochemically Generated Copper Carbonyl for Selective Dimethyl Carbonate Synthesis

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  • Author: Davies, Bethan J.V.

    University of Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Author: Šarić, Manuel

    Theoretical Atomic-scale Physics, Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark, Fysikvej, 2800, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

  • Author: Figueiredo, Marta C.

    University of Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Author: Schjødt, Niels Christian

    Haldor Topsoe AS, Denmark

  • Author: Dahl, Søren

    Haldor Topsoe AS, Denmark

  • Author: Moses, Poul Georg

    Haldor Topsoe AS, Denmark

  • Author: Escudero-Escribano, María

    University of Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Author: Arenz, Matthias

    University of Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Author: Rossmeisl, Jan

    University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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Development of electrochemical synthesis routes for high-value chemicals could pave the way for a sustainable chemical industry based on electricity. Herein, the electrochemical synthesis of the industrially relevant and environmentally benign reagent, dimethyl carbonate (DMC), is investigated. By utilizing a combination of electrochemical techniques, in situ infrared spectroscopy, and headspace-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry we show production and spectroelectrochemical evidence for the synthesis of DMC via an electrochemically generated copper carbonyl species. The formation of the copper carbonyl has close to 100% current efficiency, in the applied potential range of 0.1-0.4 V vs SCE. Subsequent formation of DMC occurs with a slow reaction time on the order of 30-40 days. Relative to potential coproducts, the reaction is highly selective for DMC. Optimization of the reaction may lead to a viable method of DMC production.

Original languageEnglish
JournalACS Catalysis
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)859-866
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2019
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: No match on DOI

    Research areas

  • Copper, Dimethyl carbonate, Electrosynthesis, Methanol, Spectroelectrochemistry

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