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The reaction of formic acid with RaneyTM copper

Callear, Samantha K., Silverwood, Ian P., Chutia, Arunabhiram, Catlow, Charles Richard 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: 18 Oct 2019 13:09

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