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The reaction of formic acid with RaneyTM copper

Callear, Samantha K., Silverwood, Ian P., Chutia, Arunabhiram, Catlow, Charles Richard ORCID: and Parker, Stewart F. 2016. The reaction of formic acid with RaneyTM copper. Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 472 (2188) , -. 10.1098/rspa.2016.0126

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The interaction of formic acid with RaneyTM Cu proves to be complex. Rather than the expected generation of a monolayer of bidentate formate, we find the formation of a Cu(II) compound. This process occurs by direct reaction of copper and formic acid; in contrast, previous methods are by solution reaction. This is a rare example of formic acid acting as an oxidant rather than, as more commonly found, a reductant. The combination of diffraction, spectroscopic and computational methods has allowed this unexpected process to be characterized.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Chemistry
Advanced Research Computing @ Cardiff (ARCCA)
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Publisher: Royal Society, The
ISSN: 1364-5021
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 28 October 2016
Date of Acceptance: 22 March 2016
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2022 15:33

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