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August 28, 2015
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
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Discovery of salt-free methods for producing alcohols from carboxylic acids abundant in nature and obtainable from CO2:
Contribution toward sustainable society based on renewable carbon resources

The research group acquired molecular insights into cationic mononuclear ruthenium carboxylates ([Ru(OCOR)]+) as prototypical catalysts for the hydrogenation of carboxylic acids. Carboxylic acids are ubiquitous in bio-renewable and petrochemical sources of carbon. Hydrogenation of carboxylic acids to yield alcohols represents a possible next-generation, sustainable method for the production of these alternative energy carriers/platform chemicals on a large scale.

Researcher Information

JST ACT-C (Advanced Catalytic Transformation Program for Carbon Utilization)
Research Area “Creation of Advanced Catalytic Transformation for the Sustainable Manufacturing at Low Energy, Low Environmental Load”
Research Theme “Chemical immobilization of CO2 as carbon resources through molecular manipulations of the crossover and interfaces between molecular catalyst and solid catalyst”

Journal Information

Masayuki Naruto and Susumu Saito. “Cationic mononuclear ruthenium carboxylates as catalyst prototypes for self-induced hydrogenation of carboxylic acids”. Nature Communications, 2015, 6:8140, doi: 10.1038/ncomms9140.


[About Research]
Susumu Saito, Ph.D.
Professor, Nagoya University
URL: http://noy.chem.nagoya-u.ac.jp/noy_e/people.html

[About Program]
Hisao Mizuta
Department of Research Project, JST


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